What Do We Say?

As the voice of UK resource and waste management industry, we work closely with national and trade press, wider media and key internal and external stakeholders to highlight the issues that are affecting the industry and the wider economy, providing insight, comment and opinions to help inform business and public.

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Recent Press Releases


27.11.2020 ESA Annual Report sets out strategy for 2021 and beyond

16.11.2020 Anti-EfW campaigners’ call for waste sector carbon law is misinformed and misleading

26.10.2020 Take Charge campaign launch - Consumers urged to join fight against 'Zombie Batteries' in bid to tackle recycling and waste fires

22.10.2020 ESA responds to new report exploring health effects of energy recovery in London

05.10.2020 SESA voices concerns over Scotland EfW carbon report

23.09.2020 ESA open letter to DEFRA Secretary of State committing to Standard For Responsible Export (SFRE)

19.08.2020 ESA to launch battery recycling campaign in bid to reduce waste fires

19.08.2020 HMRC must “stay the course” on plastics tax plans

31.07.2020 Energy-from-Waste is vital infrastructure that we
all rely upon; it’s time to stop demonising it

16.07.2020 ESA welcomes Policy Connect EfW report

01.07.2020 Environmental Services  Association calls for permitting overhaul to support green recovery

19.05.2020 STATEMENT - Waste sector to the public

14.05.2020 SESA ready to work with Scottish DRS to ensure its success


09.12.2019 ESA Dismisses UKWIN Particulates Report as “Scaremongering”

21.06.2019 Health study should reassure residents living near Energy from Waste plants

21.06.2019 Health study should reassure residents living near Energy from Waste plants

11.06.2019 ESA: Recycling industry says war on plastic shows need for stronger regulation

21.05.2019 ESA: contrary to Mayor of London’s view, London needs more waste facilities

09.05.2019 SESA: Scotland jumps the gun with deposit return

24.04.2019 SESA: Scottish landfill capacity gap confirmed - waste will have to travel to England Instead

27.02.2019 SESA: Scottish Landfill Ban is a £100m Landfill Tax Gift to England

18.02.2019 ESA welcomes opportunity to reshape the way waste and resources are managed


18.12.2018 Waste industry welcomes government boost for recycling - New Resources and Waste Strategy could unlock £8 billion investment

30.11.2018 New ESA Chairperson outlines his priorities for the Association

26.11.2018 Government’s latest action on waste crime cautiously welcomed by the industry

15.11.2018 ESA endorses recommendations set out by Gove to tackle waste crime

29.10.2018 ESA welcomes Budget proposals to boost plastics recycling

26.10.2018 ESA: HM Treasury must help boost recycling investment

01.10.2018 Joint comment from ESA & FCC following their 'Plastic Fantastic' Bright Blue event at the Conservative Party Conference

01.10.2018 ESA calls for producers to pay the true cost of plastic


Recent Reports

Report on weight-based targets

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

Aug 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

Spotlight on health and safety: contrasting performance in the waste and recycling industry

February 2018