What a waste …. but could edoc be part of the solution?

RecycleDo you want a system which provides your business with an easier and more cost effective way of recording the transfer of commercial and industrial waste? Then edoc – or electronic duty of care – might be the solution for you. The added benefits of ready access to waste data could also help edoc users reap the rewards of the circular economy.

Two recent reports from the Manufacturers’ Organisation for UK Manufacturing (EEF)1 and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)2 have highlighted the need for the UK to get much better at managing resources. In particular, to recognise the economic benefits of treating waste as a resource.

If we thought differently about what we threw away and the reuse of secondary materials, says IPPR, the resulting improved resource productivity could increase UK manufacturing profits by £10 billion per year1. IPPR reports that businesses spent £885 million managing their waste – which made up 27 per cent of all commercial and industrial waste produced in 20083.

Both reports recognise the urgent need and role for better waste data to support the transition. Which is where edoc comes in.

Free to use, edoc gives businesses the tools to interrogate your own waste data. The online system supports the optional tracking of waste and allows sophisticated search and filtering of data, enabling you to understand more about your waste and make better informed decisions. For example, where to cut disposal costs and, more importantly, identify opportunities to improve efficiency and gain value from resources you throw away.

In addition to helping provide much needed data on the production of commercial and industrial waste, businesses switching to edoc will also be able to:

  • create waste transfer note (WTNs) online and share them 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 season tickets with the option to include multiple waste types, containers and frequencies
  • use a simple tracking feature for transfers involving more than one movement

All this means businesses can start to see the benefits and do away with outdated paper WTNs, saving them time, effort and money.

So shouldn’t you be asking about edoc ? If you are a producer of waste, contact your contractor and see if they are using edoc, indicate your wish to use edoc and encourage them to transfer on-line.


1. EEF, Materials for manufacturing: Safeguarding supply, July 2014. http://www.eef.org.uk/publications/reports/Materials-for-Manufacturing-safeguarding-supply.html

2. Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), The wasteline: Redefining ‘waste’ and improving resources management policy, July 2014. http://www.ippr.org/publications/the-wasteline-redefining-waste-and-improving-resource-management-policy

3. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): Prevention is better than cure: The role of waste prevention in moving to a more resources efficient economy. http://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/265022/pb14091-waste-prevention-20131211.pdf