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Membership of the ESA brings responsibility and our members are proud of their record in raising standards across the industry.
For example, the sector has one of the worst health & safety records across UK industry but the ESA is proud of efforts by its members whose 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.
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.