Membership Benefits

ESA Working Groups


  • To be the main source of information, data and knowledge for how organics fit into the waste sector.
  • Representing the vista of production, collection, consolidation, pre-treatment, treatment (windrow composting, IVC, MBT, MHT, AD, Biomass, energy recovery for source separated and mixed or extracted organics, and organics in landfill).

Dry Recyclables 

  • To be the key industry expert group regarding collection, sorting and recycling of dry recyclables.gathering together information that each representative can take back to their business to help best practice by:
  • informing decision makers on the impacts of their activities and actions
  • being a means to gather data and intelligence that can be fed into decision makers proactively or reactively at consultations.
  • helping to ensure that the industry is portrayed in a positive light in the media
  • providing source of expertise to ESA staff to underpin advocacy effort

Hazardous Waste Strategy

  • Promote application of the waste hierarchy and best overall environmental option to HW generation and treatment.
  • Work with Defra, devolved administrations and regulators to develop, implement and enforce policies, regulations and guidance that will facilitate future investment in high class hazardous waste treatment facilities in the UK.

Hazardous Waste Technical

  • Provide a two-way channel for information and communication between ESA and its members on technical issues concerning hazardous waste
  • Be the industry’s repository of expertise in matters relevant to hazardous waste regulation and management
  • Promote raising standards and wider dissemination of best practice regarding hazardous waste management
  • Inform ESA’s responses to relevant public consultations and calls for evidence

Health and Safety

  • Allow for an exchange of information, best practice and development of industry-wide guidance.
  • Work with HSE, WISH and others to ensure lessons learnt from Members’ significant reduction in injuries is disseminated widely across the industry as a whole
  • Compile and monitor injury statistics to allow resources to be targeted accordingly at areas of high risk
  • Monitor progress against the high level objectives of ESA’s Accident Reduction Charter
  • Ensure that the industry remains alive to emerging threats and risk of harm


  • Monitor, incentivise and influence  good regulation, policy and best practice across the sector
  • Be the industry’s repository of expertise in matters relevant to regulation relevant to the sector
  • Promote a constructive, effective and transparent relationship with regulators across the UK
  • Promote smarter regulation increasingly based on operators’ management systems and on environmental outcomes rather than operational prescription
  • Promote and enable the development of policy, regulation and best practise to tackle waste crime and poor performance in the sector
  • Consider best practice in other sectors and potential relevance to this industry
  • Inform ESA’s responses to relevant public consultations and calls for evidence