The four UK governments and environment agencies are working together on a project to develop a UK-wide electronic waste tracking service.
The project aims to manage digital information relating to the movement of all waste in a single solution, helping improve compliance with the Duty of Care and providing users with better information on what happens to waste.
The project is progressing well, supported by funding from the GovTech Challenge.
Phase 1 was recently completed, the proof of concept phase, and in October 2019 the start of phase 2 will happen, during which two companies, Anthesis and Topolytics, will receive GovTech funding of up to £500,000 each to develop a prototype digital waste tracking service over a 12 month period. You can read information about the project here.
As this next phase is launched, Defra are keen for members to help them shape waste tracking to ensure that it meets their needs. To facilitate this they intend to recruit a range of businesses and organisations from across the UK to join a user panel which will provide them with a pool of interested users to draw from each month.
Panel members will have two important roles:
- To test and provide feedback on software as it is developed
- To take part in targeted research to understand user needs in more detail
The majority of user panel activity will take place online, via email or in the workplace and signing up does not commit yourself to anything but ensures you receive invitations to take part, should you wish to do so.
You can sign up for the user panel here to ensure your views are taken into account.
You can also sign up for the forthcoming newsletter here or via the user panel link.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact WasteTracking@defra.gov.uk