New system banishes food waste paperwork

A new online system launched today that promises to dramatically change the way that the food and drink industry records waste transfers.

The roll-out of edoc, which is short for ‘electronic duty of care’ is designed to provide a modern and efficient alternative to completing and keeping paper waste transfer notes (WTNs).

The system has been devised by the Environment Agency in partnership with the waste sector and government bodies from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Several large waste management businesses and representatives from the food and drink industry are said to be among those looking at how they can benefit from switching to edoc.

It is predicted that edoc could replace 23 million paper waste transfer notes a year, which supports recent government announcements to improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations.

Chris Deed, edoc programme manager at the Environment Agency, said: “We’re really encouraged by the response we’ve had to edoc so far. It’s not a mandatory system, but the level of interest shows that businesses want to use it. We believe edoc will become the default option for most companies, and has the potential to move 80% of waste transfer records online over time.”

Users of the system will be able to create and edit waste transfer notes and season tickets and share them between the parties involved. WTNs will also be stored so that companies can access them for for audit or compliance purposes.

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