ESA has a strategic vision for a sustainable, low-carbon economy that depends on quality recycled materials and world-class resources and waste management.

This vision matches the Government’s own sustainability goals set out in its Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy, 25 Year Environment Plan and the Climate Change Act.

To develop the practical application of our vision, ESA has more than a dozen Working Groups to consider policy positions on a range of issues affecting the waste management industry and the wider economy. These include regulation, health & safety, types of waste, communications and finance.

Our most recent policy papers are listed below. A full list dating back to 2002 is in Publications)

2018 reports and briefings

Joint ESA-DWMA Communique on trade in waste - April 2018

Delivering best value through competition - April 2018

Spotlight on health and safety - February 2018

ESA IBA sampling protocol - January 2018

ESA IBA ‘Start up’ sampling procedure diagram - January 2018

2017 reports and briefings

UK residual waste capacity gap analysis - November 2017

Focus on health and safety performance in the waste and resource management industry - November 2017

Rethinking waste crime - May 2017

Planning for a Circular Economy - April 2017