Ownership of edoc (or electronic duty of care) has now transferred from the Environment Agency to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and, in Northern Ireland, the Department of Environment.

All four UK administrations fully support edoc and are committed to maintaining the system.

For those who already use edoc it is business as usual, but for those who haven’t gone digital the edoc system has the potential to deliver benefits to businesses and government including:

  • streamlined reporting and improved data to assist in infrastructure planning and development of the waste management industry
  • improved data gathering and quality – making it both faster and more accurate to capture important information including commercial, industrial and construction waste volumes, type, point of origin and fate
  • improved access to information – to help business monitor and map the resource use through the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of their waste materials and to help encourage increased waste recycling and re-use
  • improved control of waste – to limit the potential for illegal and inappropriate waste disposal (for example flytipping, illegal exports)

What UK government ministers are saying

Defra – Resource Management Minister Dan Rogerson MP said:

“Edoc’s online system is a convenient alternative to completing and storing paper waste transfer notes, already helping over 2,000 businesses save time and money while complying with their legal duty of care.”

“We are committed to supporting edoc for the foreseeable future and are encouraging businesses to go digital, through the edoc Technical Advisory Group and our work with the resource industry and CIWM.”

Scottish Government – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Edoc can help reduce the administrative burdens on the waste industry, while simultaneously providing a rich source of data to support sound policy-making. As we increasingly look to secure and maintain the highest value use for our waste materials in a more circular economy, the Scottish Government is pleased to support and promote edoc alongside the other UK administrations.”

Welsh Government – Minister for Natural Resources Carl Sargeant AM said:

“We are committed to supporting edoc in Wales because of the benefits it offers users.  Edoc makes it easy to store and search for records and for businesses to fulfil their legal duty of care for waste.”

edoc is designed to be intuitive and simple to use but why not take a look at our resources available to help your business get started.