Paperless waste shipment procedures already a reality, IEC told

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Brussels — The BIR world recycling organisation and the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation have both campaigned for the development of more modern, paperless control procedures for transboundary waste movements. And at the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in Berlin in June, guest speaker Rainer Hans declared that electronic processing of waste shipments was no longer a dream or even “rocket science”, but rather “something that is already there and you could use tomorrow”.

The Managing Director of Germany-based Infotech GmbH explained that his company had developed the software for the Zedal electronic platform for control of transfrontier movements of waste. “This is not just something that is being discussed,” he pointed out, adding that more than 17,000 fully-digital Zedal waste movement documents had been used in transporting waste between the Netherlands and Germany alone last year.

The system “completely does away with paper”, he insisted. All notes were electronically generated and then modified/processed electronically by other stakeholders, the guest speaker explained. Costs of using the system were “very low” and had saved one company around five man hours of work per day. Rainer Hans added that his company was engaged in discussions aimed at persuading the European Commission to define a unique interface that would establish this as a core system for all those involved in the transboundary movement of waste.

Source: Bureau of International Recycling