News and Views

A selection of news stories and insightful comment from around the environment resource industry curated by our team and ESA members.

Earlier this month (July) the UK Government published its response to a Call for Evidence over Developing the UK’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which includes expansion of the ETS to cover Energy-from-Waste.
ESA's Patrick Brighty looks Defra's recently published plan for Simpler Recycling, and what it means for the UK's waste and recycling sector.
The ESA has released a new range of ghoulish graphics to warn the public of the dangers of “zombie batteries” this spooky season
In this second instalment of the ED Vlog, listen to the ESA's Executive Director, Jacob Hayler, provide an update and overview of recent and upcoming work conducted by the ESA
In the first in a new series, listen to the Environmental Services Association Executive Director Jacob Hayler provide an update on the key issues affecting the UK waste, recycling and resource management sector (July 2023).
Sam Corp analysis the EA Waste Crime Survey Results, and asks what can be done to fight the impacts of waste crime on our industry
The ESA has recently written to the new Environment Agency Chief Executive, Phillip Duffy, to highlight the issues that are undermining effective enforcement against waste crime, and setting out the industry’s recommendations for addressing these challenges
Incorrect binning of dangerous items contributes to hundreds of serious waste fires across the UK
Jacob Hayler, Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association examines what is in store for the new Agency leader, and the opportunity that he has to tackle waste crime and permitting issues to restore the support of ESA and its members
Phil Conran OBE, looks at the recent ESA Zoning report, and the concerns that it raises with regards to the viability, costs and environmental impact of the governments proposal as a possible route to reducing environmental emissions and costs to businesses
It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Keith Bury CBE, CEnv on 27 February 2023
Patrick Brighty, ESA's Recycling Policy Adviser looks in depth at the government’s response to its consultation on the deposit return scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Charlotte Rule, ESA Climate and Energy Policy Advisor summarises the recent independent review of the UK's Net-Zero target progress by Chris Skidmore MP.
The ESA is pleased to launch a new tool that aims to foster greater collaboration between Energy-from-Waste (EfW) operators and heat network developers, with the goal of delivering more low-carbon heat from EfW to district heating networks in future – contributing towards the UK’s net-zero goals and addressing the significant challenges of decarbonising the way we heat homes and buildings.
We share a great sense of sadness at the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and offer our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family
ESA members are present in virtually every community up and down the UK, making us ideally placed to maximise the benefits of our activities for the good of our economy, our environment and society, increasingly referred to as social value.
Grant Pearson, of ESA Associate Member SLR Consulting Ltd, looks at how the resource and waste management sector is evolving, and how the behaviour of stakeholders can be influenced heavily by their perceptions.
Work to look at the industry’s contribution towards protecting, restoring & enhancing biodiversity as well as developing best practice standards for the sector along with exploring and quantifying the industry’s impacts on biodiversity has started
Inclusion of fossil-based emissions from energy recovery in the UK ETS will become a necessary component to achieve net-zero but the timing of its introduction is of vital importance to a successful outcome in our sector
Climate and Energy Policy Advisor, Charlotte Rule, looks at the recent CCC report and what more the industry can do to further decarbonise the sector.
A duo of long-awaited government announcements signals how the waste industry will tackle some of the biggest issues in our sector. While some elements are welcomed, others could have been better thought through, argues the ESA’s Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Isabel Clifford
ESA Executive Director, Jacob Hayler, explores how re-shoring the reprocessing of secondary plastics will reduce waste crime
Jacob Hayler, ESA Executive Director, looks at what it will take to achieve the next step-change in our national journey towards higher recycling rates and how the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy must make up for lost time during the pandemic.
Amid political turmoil at Number 10 last week the government released its long-awaited levelling up white paper, setting out plans to deliver on the Conservative 2019 manifesto promise to bring greater economic equality to regions across the United Kingdom – closing the gap between richer and poorer areas by 2030.
In this article, ESA Member Specialist Risk Group, backed up by their 2022 risk survey results, looks at how to prevent collisions in your fleet with risk management tips from their insurance specialists.
Advetec’s chief strategic development officer explains why moving waste up the thermal value chain is an investment in the circular economy and a means to reduce waste-disposal costs and carbon emissions
ESA has been pushing for many years for much more rigorous and effective regulation to discourage criminals from operating in our sector, and to clamp down hard on those that do, writes Sam Corp, ESA Head of Regulation
Will the Plastic Packaging Tax tip the market balance away from virgin plastics, asks the Environment Services Association’s Executive Director
Sam Corp, Head of Regulation at ESA, comments on the most recent BBC Panorama piece on the impact that fly-tipping is having on the UK environmental and social health.
Julien Grolée, Recycling Policy Advisor at ESA, looks at the implications that new trade agreements and regulations will have on the import and export activity upon which the UK recycling and waste industry relies.
Sam Corp, Head of Regulation at ESA, looks at the fresh challenges posed by COVID-19 to the recycling and waste sector as we enter 2021.