“Where there’s muck, there’s brass” is an old Yorkshire saying that roughly translated, means: “There’s money in recycling!”

Despite not being the most appealing industry, waste management in Australia has been growing by an average of 10.9% annually over the past five years. That’s pretty impressive given that the national average growth is somewhere around 3.5% annually.

The industry generates over $11 billion in revenue from over 2,400 companies employing almost 30,000 people (as of March 2012). Environmental awareness, the carbon tax, and the eventual introduction of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) in 2015 will ensure that waste management and recycling will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

I first became involved in the waste industry in 1990 when I took a temporary contract position as an IT/operations manager for a metals recycling group. My job became permanent when new legislation governing the handling, tracking and treatment of waste was introduced by the European parliament. I had the job of managing the implementation of systems to handle the new requirements and ensure that the company remained compliant.

Here we are 22 years later and I find myself working with enwis the integrated software specifically designed for the waste and recycling industry.

It always seemed odd to me that scrap metal was treated as waste from a legislation perspective when in fact it is a precious commodity, especially in the non-ferrous markets. Yet legislation states that it is treated like a hazardous material.

Enwis was developed in Germany to handle the complex requirements of waste management and recycling. Standard ERP systems simply don’t cover the requirements of this rapidly expanding industry.

Enwis is a proven system used by over 400 companies and 8,000 users worldwide. It was developed within Microsoft Dynamics NAV and is fully integrated to handle the industry’s requirements, from weighbridge to general ledger. Enwis helps companies turn muck into brass!

For more information about enwis, please contact us.

Written By Ian Thompson

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