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Raising Standards

We work closely with theEnvironment Agency and other regulators to improve performance both by our members and also accross teh wider industry.

Membership of the ESA brings responsibility and our members are proud of their record in raising standards across the industry.

The ESA is proud of efforts by its members to improve Health & Safety, and our injury rate now stands at 577 (per 100,000 employees), three times lower than the injury rate reported by Health & Safety Executive for the waste industry as a whole (1,801). Our special report in February 2018 provided recommendations to the regulators for maintaining this momentum and reducing problems across the industry.

Read the report here

Two reports on waste crime have highlighted how poor performance by some waste operators and inadequate regulation of criminal elements have blighted communities across the United Kingdom. The latter one, in 2017, estimated the annual economic cost of these illegal activities to be £604m. These reports, and ESA lobbying, helped secure extra Treasury funding to tackle illegal waste operations.

(See Publications)