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CIWM has suggested that the UK government considers making edoc- the new online system for recording waste transfers mandatory.


CIWM made the statement in its recent written submission to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee into waste management and believes that if edoc were mandatory it would be beneficial and fundamental to the future of waste management in the UK.

The Electronic Duty of Care (Edoc) tool, has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)  to reduce the administrative costs for businesses obligated to produce WTNs each time waste is transferred from one party to another, with the resulting paper document required to be kept for a minimum of two years.

Steve Lee, Chief Executive at CIWM said:

“We have been supporters of edoc throughout its entire development and continue to support the system, not only by using it ourselves but also by actively encouraging other businesses to adopt it.

“Since CIWM started using the new system in January this year, we have taken to weighing the amount of waste we produce each week. As a result, we are now monitoring and analysing our waste much more closely.

“If mandatory, edoc could provide us with much more accurate data on the waste that is being produced and help UK businesses, the waste industry and UK governments to adopt, promote and support better waste and resource management in the future. However, in order to achieve this, the majority of businesses in the UK would need to be using the system.”

Why should you use edoc?

In addition to supporting the analysis of effective data on the production of non-hazardous waste, edoc allows you to:

  • create a waste transfer note (WTN) online and then share it between the parties involved
  • review, edit, sign and store electronic WTNs securely online
  • see a log of all actions performed on a WTN, by whom, and when
  • create a season ticket with the option to include multiple waste types, containers and frequencies
  • use a simple tracking feature for transfers involving more than one movement

With edoc businesses throughout the UK can benefit and eliminate outdated paper waste transfer notes, saving time, effort and money.



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