We are considering switching to the electronic duty of care (edoc) system for our waste transfer notes. Does this cover all types of waste?

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We are considering switching to the electronic duty of care (edoc) system for our waste transfer notes. Does this cover all types of waste?

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At present, the edoc system can only be used for non-hazardous wastes. You still need to complete and sign a conventional paper consignment note for hazardous waste. However, the environmental regulators in all four UK administrations are currently working on a new electronic system for hazardous waste — HazDoc. They have been consulting with the waste industry and other stakeholders, and it is hoped that the new system will be up and running by 2020.

Despite the fact that edoc does not cover all wastes, there are still significant advantages to your business in adopting it. You will no longer need to fill in paper notes and then store them for two years — this should save both staff time and office space. Edoc allows you to track your waste in real time as it is transferred to the carrier, transfer station and final treatment or disposal facility, so you are better able to fulfil your waste duty of care (see Duty of Care topic in Croner-i). Additionally, the system can generate useful reports about your waste arisings which can form part of a waste audit.

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