With just one month until launch, the team behind the new edoc electronic waste transfer system has welcomed Defra’s consultation on alternatives to the current Waste Transfer Note (WTN) system.


The six week consultation comes as the finishing touches are being put to edoc, and helps highlight the fact that edoc will provide businesses with an easy to use, electronic alternative to recording on paper from January 2014.


Chris Deed, who is leading implementation of edoc in partnership with the waste industry and other UK government bodies, said  


“The whole ethos behind edoc is to create a simple, cost-effective means for businesses to comply with the duty of care for waste.  Millions of individual business waste transfers are recorded every year, using up paper and taking up costly space, not to mention the administrative headache of filing, storing and searching for individual records if they are needed. ”


Steve Lee, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), added: “As well as saving time and money on administration, edoc has a far bigger and more important role to play in the long term. It will give businesses the ability to understand and interrogate their own waste data and identify opportunities to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and cut disposal costs.

These are benefits that will impact positively on the bottom line and improve competitiveness.”

Edoc is a quick, simple and free to use online system for recording business waste transfers.  Users anywhere in the UK will be able to create waste transfer notes online, exchange them with the other party and sign them electronically in a



completely paperless transaction.  Records are secure and confidential to the parties involved in the transfer, and advanced search and interrogation features will enable users to find individual records or generate detailed tailored reports at the touch of a button.


Chris Deed added:


“The design of edoc will help accurate recording, which will improve data quality and reduce the opportunity for poor or fraudulent recording.  Overall, edoc will create a more accurate picture of business waste arisings than we have ever had before.”


Edoc has been developed under a four year partnership project co-financed by the European Commission (LIFE+).  Development has been led by the Environment Agency in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Reconomy, WRAP and Welsh Government, and with the full support of Defra and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).


For further information on edoc and to register interest ahead of its launch, please visit www.edoconline.co.uk.