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WasteApp to connect waste producers to reprocessors across England and Wales

A new app will connect waste producers to reprocessing facilities across Wales and England, aiming to provide business growth opportunities and ensure the optimum treatment of waste.

Launched yesterday (1 November), WasteApp uses a large data set to allow users, such as waste management companies, to find appropriate treatment facilities for waste dependent on the type of waste, type of waste activity or location.

WasteApp has been developed by Green Edge Applications, an online environmental consultancy founded by Managing Director Jane Hall, who has over 20 years’ experience in the waste, industrial and environmental regulatory sectors.

WasteApp to connect waste producers to reprocessors across England and Wales
Managing Director Jane Hall

Commenting on the launch of the app, Hall said: "With greater restrictions on waste exports, it has never been a more critical time to promote and expand UK-based processing facilities and, therefore, we are encouraging all waste treatment facilities to sign-up and validate their site.

"The feedback we received from the soft launch at RWM 2018 was extremely positive, with many of the UK's leading waste management companies commenting that this is the missing piece of the waste management jigsaw and asking ‘why doesn't this exist already?’”

The app allows waste reprocessors to register to promote their site on the app and feature higher up in its search results, while app search tool users will soon be able to send direct enquiries to registered reprocessors. Once they validate their site details, waste processes and waste types, reprocessors will receive a preferential rating since WasteApp will have more confidence in the information used in searches. If they also provide their current waste permit they will receive a further enhanced listing, once validated by the WasteApp team.

To help fund the app’s development, Green Edge Applications already has a successful application for a Smart Cymru grant from the Welsh Government, which administers funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund.

WasteApp has been launched as a ‘beta’ release to enable the developers to receive feedback during the next phases of development. Ben Maizey, owner of Recycle Link Wales, who has been helping to beta-test WasteApp, said: "The ability to search by waste type will save waste management companies and producers of waste a significant amount of time and money.

"The real game-changer, though, is that WasteApp will allow users to readily search for treatment plants by waste code which, up until now, has been extremely challenging and time consuming.”

Further enhancements are already in the pipeline, including launching in Scotland and Northern Ireland, improving usability, as well as the introduction of valuable information on whether wastes are recycled, recovered or disposed of to assist waste producing companies address the waste hierarchy.

WasteApp is but the latest company seeking to use data to link waste producers with waste facilities, with Manchester-based Dsposal Ltd launching its online service in February of this year.

For more information, visit the WasteApp website.

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