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. 

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

2021 Repors and Briefings

Recovering Energy from Waste FAQs

2020 Reports and Briefings

ESA Annual Report

SESA Position Statement on ZWS Report - The climate change impacts of burning municipal waste in ScotlandFichtner Zero Waste Scotland Technical Report

2019 Reports & Briefings

The Effects of Competition on Municipal Waste Collection Performance - Jan 2020

2018 reports and briefings

ESA Safety Alert: People in Waste Containers - December 2018

Why Wait? Weight isn't working Smarter measures for the circular economy - August 2018

Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: A use-based approach to decision and policy making - June 2018

Energy for the Circular Economy: An overview of energy from waste in the UK - June 2018

An economic assessment and feasibility study of how the UK could meet the Circular Economy Package recycling targets - May 2018