The sector of environmental protection and waste disposal is currently facing great challenges in the improved networking of processes and their electronic documentation.
Consist works with Consist ITU, a company focused on the environmental sector, to design and implement custom solutions for industry, service providers, and authorities.
Earlier, waste used to be simply tossed onto the garbage dump and you’d try to forget it. Now that more and more raw materials are growing scarce, people are talking about landfi ll mining as part of urban mining, meaning digging valuable materials out of old dumps. In IT we talk about data mining, but now it’s not just experts that dig into the mountains of data – now we’re all rolling in Big Data.
HM-Software, the new cooperation partner of Consist ITU, is using its QDS-OGM quality database to support residue monitoring of pesticides in fruit and vegetables. The commercial companies coop eG, Dohle, EDEKA, Globus, Kaiser’s Tengelmann, METRO (Real, METRO Cash & Carry, Kaufhof), Norma, REWE, tegut, and others are all operating inspections of our fruit and vegetables at the portal fruitmonitoring.com. But analysts are needed at the other end of the goods lifecycle, too.
No, waste transporters aren’t just staying in the left lane these days. The new Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (KrWG) passed on February 2, 2012 doesn’t speed the trucks up, but rather puts data processing in waste management into the fast lane. Two years ago on April 1, 2010, the so-called electronic waste records procedure became mandatory. Since then, millions of documents have been electronically signed and sent back and forth across Germany. Since that is working so well, the update to the law made it possible for numerous other electronic documents and procedures to go forward, but in a unified system.
Do you know this situation? You have come up with a long list of environmental requirements, guidelines, and of course laws and ordinances that affect your company. Then you derived measures and determined who does what and when. But even as you are working on the last lines of your list, you have the impression that something is wrong, because an ordinance has changed, a machine was replaced, or changes took place in your organization or staff. So do you just start from scratch? Because naturally you want to run your company right.
As of now, Modawi includes the Modawi WebSigner as a new product option. This is a Web application permitting the signature and (restricted) editing of documents in the electronic records procedure (eANV) in a browser, with no need for local waste management software (AWI software). It is typically provided by an operator, for example by a disposal company or a portal operator whose customers, for example waste producers or transporters, have no waste management software of their own.
The electronic waste records procedure (eANV) will be mandatory starting in April, 2010. So this year, nearly everything in waste management is geared towards the introduction of the eANV. The Modawi software package, already used in live production by many well-known companies, supports companies on the way towards the electronic future. Experience reports at conferences make this easy to understand.
The electronic record procedure (eANV) and central waste coordination offi ce are not only legal requirements for the near future, but can already be viewed today – and are in part ready to use. At CeBIT, IFAT, the Consist ITU event “Signatures in waste management“, and the Modawi Info Day, visitors could get some insights. The strong interest in this topic in suitable software solutions is clearly evident.
The amendment to the Ordinance on Waste Recovery and Disposal Records (NachwV) of the Circulation Management and Waste Law (KrW/AbfG), passed in August 2006 and taking force on February 1, 2007, provides for a largely paperless electronic verification procedure using qualified electronic signatures (NachwV, section 4). This electronic verification is obligatory for the documentation of the disposal of waste particularly in need of monitoring (in the future "hazardous waste"). As of February 2010, disposal providers, waste producers, and transporters must manage all documentation electronically, along with qualified electronic signatures.
Transport vehicles carrying wastes hazardous to human health or the environment are required in Germany to maintain permits and be monitored. Using the waste monitoring system ASYS, the data required by the waste disposal process can be collected and processed reliably. ASYS was developed by ITU, a subsidiary of MaK DATA SYSTEM, together with Condat AG in Berlin. It is now used in more than 1000 workplaces.