Resource Futures has recently secured a two-year contract with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive to manage and develop the edoc system.
edoc was launched in January 2014 as a free-to-use, safe and secure online alternative to traditional paper-based waste transfer notes. The contract with Resource Futures, an independent environmental consultancy business, signifies a new chapter for edoc as Resource Futures will be taking on the role of administering and managing the system on behalf of the four Governments. edoc enables businesses and organisations to save time, effort and money by streamlining the process of information exchange between parties and putting it entirely into the digital realm.
edoc is a secure system, available for all to use, with functionality that allows waste producers to track their waste to the point of final disposal or recovery, and to interchange collectors with ease. In monitoring the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste materials, edoc is also fulfilling a much needed information gap, improving the accuracy of waste data from businesses and organisations. The system automates the storage and recovery of data for businesses, providing waste producers with access to information about their waste flows. This can allows businesses to critically appraise supply chains to make ensure that their waste is being handled properly and efficiently and this access is restricted to businesses and is not provided to the Government departments. It provides an online tool to replace manual data reporting systems.
Resource Futures’ considerable experience of the resource management sector, with its background in analysis and interpretation of data and delivery of behaviour change programmes, provides a good fit for the role. The company is now managing edoc on behalf of Defra and the Scottish Government, DOENI, Welsh Government, and will be responsible for a range of duties. These include providing a Secretariat for edoc’s administration and management, verifying data, and giving training and support for businesses and organisations.
Steve Lee, CEO at CIWM and member of edoc’s Technical Advisory Group commented: “As a representative of the edoc technical advisory group, we are taking a close interest in its direction, and are pleased with the work Resource Futures has done so far in bringing innovation to the initiative. We will support Resource Futures in their endeavours and working with them to realise the full potential of this vital data tool.”
Resource Futures’ Bernie Thomas said: “Resource Futures is looking forward to the challenge ahead. We are extremely proud to have been selected to manage this project on behalf of the four governments, and recognise the significant opportunity that edoc provides. The system does away with out-dated paper waste transfer notes. It saves time, effort and money and fulfils the legal duty of care for waste which all producers of waste in the UK have. Smart search and reporting functions within edoc are beginning to transform the data into useful business management information.”