The Environment Agency has started a pilot project as part of the Waste Crime Innovation Programme (WCIP), allowing companies to electronically track the collection, transfer and final destination of their waste.
The three-month 'Electronic Duty of Care' trial is being tested on two large waste companies, two medium sized waste companies and two small waste companies in South-East England. The trial uses mobile computer technology and a web-based tracking system to create and maintain electronic Waste Transfer Notes (WTNs) which should improve the quality of data collected, allow waste producers to easily track their waste and help waste operators fulfil their Duty of Care obligations.
With between 5 and 20 waste vehicles at each company electronically capturing up to 100 WTNs a week, the study will evaluate the effectiveness of the system for waste carriers of different sizes.
The benefits of the electronic WTNs will include removing the need to store paper WTNs, speeding up invoicing and providing proof of collection and delivery of waste.
Waste Crime Innovation Programme (WCIP) Project Manager, Paul Keay, said:
"Waste Transfer Notes are vital in tracking waste from collection right through to disposal,"
"With commercial, industrial and construction waste data collected electronically - including tonnage, type of waste, place of origin and destination - business and industry will be able to ensure their waste is being recycled and disposed of legally - reducing the risk of fly tipping and providing increased protection for the environment."
"In addition, it should provide the Environment Agency with data that helps identify new recycling opportunities."
If the WCIP trial is successful the Environment Agency will run a second, national trial phase with a wider take-up of companies. Industry and other regulators have been invited to join an advisory board to ensure the benefits of the pilot are maximised.
Posted under General Interest and Waste Management on 1 September 2009