The implementation of the Central Waste Coordination System (called ZKS-Abfall) as the technical infrastructure for the electronic waste records procedure is a flagship initiative of the eGovernment 2.0 program of the German Federal Government.
From 2007 to 2009, IBM Germany worked as general contractor on ZKS-Abfall, with Consist and Consist ITU contributing their expertise in the electronic implementation of waste management processes. According to the Ordinance on Waste Recovery and Disposal Records (NachwV), as of April 1, 2010, all parties involved in the process of disposal of hazardous waste will be required to maintain electronic records – this applies to waste producers, disposers, and transporters, as well as the responsible government agencies.
The project is based on the law and the Ordinance on the Simplification of Waste Management Monitoring, and has two core objectives:
The result led to a win-win situation for all concerned. In this context, the project took on a pilot function for environmental protection too.
The organization and ongoing operation were the responsibility of the Länder, represented here by the "Working Group of the Federal States on Shared Waste IT Systems" (GADSYS) through its office, the Information Coordinating Office for Waste (IKA). The project is breaking new ground in many ways for eGovernment in Germany:
The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) was officially included in the project for the subproject of administrative and legal cooperation in the business area of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building, and Urban Affairs. The BAG regularly inspects trucks carrying hazardous waste. The subproject for administrative and legal cooperation in transport inspections allowed BAG inspectors direct access to the relevant data for the electronic records procedure in the ASYS systems managed for the federal states by Consist ITU, as well as to the descriptions of hazardous waste.