“The implementation of a mandatory digital reporting system is a significant step for the UK waste management sector but is by no means the end of digitisation, and importantly, the digitalisation of the sector. New technology like ‘smart bins’, vehicle telematics, artificial intelligence and scanning technology will collect even more data on which businesses can base operational and commercial decisions. Increasing the automation of data collection and reporting will become more commonplace, driving efficiency, resulting in better environmental protection and, ultimately, a more sustainable waste management system.
At Anthesis, we believe that the sector is on the verge of a digital transformation and the development of a national waste tracking service is just the start.“
RWM Digital 2021: Digital Transformation and Waste Tracking in the Waste and Resources Sector
The UK waste sector is on the cusp of a digital revolution that could transform the way waste is collected and managed.
At present, our transition to a more circular economy is being held back by a lack of useful data, which is representative of the disconnect between producers, the waste they generate, and how it is managed. This data gap makes policy decisions difficult and creates uncertainty for investors, manufacturers, and brands that are increasingly looking to secure quality recyclates to meet ambitious targets for the use of recycled materials in their products. But things are changing and beginning to change fast.
Anthesis has been working with the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to develop an end-to-end central digital reporting system for the Smart Waste Tracking Project. The system could replace existing paperwork and reporting portals to track waste from the producer throughout its journey to its final destination in near real-time.
Watch this presentation recording from RWM Digital to hear how this project and the digitalisation of the waste sector will drive the improvement of services and the countless opportunities it will provide to disrupt the status quo and establish new ways of working.
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