Six months on from the launch of edoc – the innovative new online system for recording waste transfers – the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has expressed strong support for the new system. The government should set out plans to ensure edoc’s long term future so that it can fulfil its role in improving data quality on waste materials, says the EAC.

The EAC released its Third Report “Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society” last week. It recognises the significant role that the edoc system, for recording the transfer of non-hazardous waste between organisations, could have in making available data on waste generated by commerce and industry in the UK. The Committee also noted the impact better data could have on resource management in the future, and called on government to set a deadline for edoc to become the mandatory system for recording waste transfers.

Chris Deed, edoc programme manager at the Environment Agency said “We are pleased that the latest report from the EAC has identified not only the substantial benefits that edoc carries but also the fundamental impact it could have on the availability of data on waste production.”

“edoc has the capability of improving the quality of information we currently have on not only the volume and type of waste that is being produced, but also the resources contained in the waste. Edoc has a role to play in helping businesses, the waste industry and governments to adopt, promote and support better waste and resource management.”

Developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with the waste sector and government bodies from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, edoc offers a quick, easy and cost effective way of completing and recording the transfer of non-hazardous waste between organisations. It is free to use for all businesses but is currently not mandatory.

Environmental Audit Committee – Third Report “Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society