Media Centre Archive

Press releases


27.11.2020 Veolia’s Gavin Graveson named new ESA chairman

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 permiting 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

21.04.20 Position on waste transfer notes “common sense” approach by regulator

07.04.20 Environment Agency storage approach provides some relief to pressured waste sites

03.04.2020 ESA supports WISH guidance to keep waste workers safe during COVID-19 crisis

25.03.2020 Joint industry statement: “We’re working hard to keep recycling and waste services operating as normal”

23.03.2020 COVID-19 Vehicle tests

19.03.2020 Waste sector is essential to UK and operatives must be classed as “key-workers”

12.03.2020 COVID-19 pandemic – resources and waste management

12.03.2020 Budget 2020 commentary - plastics tax is a bold step in the right direction but budget is mixed picture

13.01.2020 Independent report finds contracted council waste collections achieve higher recycling and better value for money than in-house services

07.01.2020 ESA and CIWM host free waste crime webinar series


19.12.2019 ESA Dismisses UKWIN Particulates Report
as “Scaremongering”

22.11.2019 ESA examines content of Labour, Green and Lib Dem Manifestos for direction of travel on resources and waste policy

13.11.2019 SESA responds to publication of Scottish Circular economy bill measures

08.11.2019 ESA calls for fly-tipping to be tackled “head-on”, following publication of annual statistics

31.10.2019 HSE injury statistics for waste sector make for “sobering reading”

28.10.2019 ESA responds to Defra straws, cotton buds & stirrers ban

14.10.2019 Environmental Services Association (ESA) welcomes inclusion of Environment Bill set out in Queen's Speech 2019

10.09.2019 SESA welcomes scrutiny of deposit return

06.09.2019 UK Resources Council (UKRC) extends consultation deadline on sector deal

25.07.2019 ESA: ESA welcomes the new Defra Secretary of State

23.07.2019 ESA: welcomes momentum for reducing waste and boosting recycling

16.07.2019 ESA: welcomes the Secretary of State’s leadership on the environment

21.06.2019 ESA: Health study should reassure residents lving near Energy from Waste plants

11.06.2019 ESA: Waste sites should be safeguarded against residential encroachment

11.06.2019 ESA: Recycling Industry 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

20.8.2018 REPORT: Smarter measures for the Circular Economy - why weight isn't working

18.8.2018 ESA welcomes public support to tackle plastic waste

08.08.2018 Rethinking Waste Crime: Resource and waste sector calls for tougher controls and a new regime for waste carriers, brokers and dealers

10.7.2018 ESA welcomes National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations for resources and waste policy

14.6.2018 REPORT: A new approach to the problem of plastic waste

11.6.2018 ESA welcomes Government review into organised waste crime

6.6.2018 REPORT: Energy for the circular economy: how policy could prevent 60m tonnes of waste going to landfill

25.5.2018 REPORT: What will it take for councils to hit future recycling targets?

26.4.2018 Ambitious UK Plastics Pact supported by ESA

19.4.2018 Frictionless trade in recyclable waste vital post-Brexit

10.4.2018 Cash-strapped councils should use competition for waste services to maximise flexibility

29.3.2018 Deposit scheme needs to work with other policies says ESA

22.3.2018 ESA welcomes London Assembly report on putting London's resources to best use

13.3.2018 ESA welcomes call for evidence on tackling single-use plastics

6.3.2018 Eunomia report highlights lack of transparency in current system, says ESA

22.2.2018 UK recycling rates remain in the doldrums, says ESA

16.2.2018 REPORT: ESA shines spotlight on contrasting health & safety performance across the industry

15.2.2018 ESA perplexed by the London Assembly report on EfW

17.1.2018 ESA welcomes the Government's continued commitment to tackling waste crime

11.1.2018 ESA welcomes 25-year plan but says action still needed to create demand for recycled material


14.12.2017 ESA welcomes Chief Scientific Adviser's report 'From Waste to Resource Productivity'

30.11.2017 REPORT: Six million tonnes of UK waste will be without a home by 2030

27.11.2017 ESA welcomes Industrial Strategy's commitments to the resources sector

24.11.2017 ESA chairman outlines his priorities for the association

22.11.2017 ESA welcomes Budget proposals to stamp out waste crime and single-use plastics

20.11.2017 ESA calls on Chancellor to tackle irresponsible packaging

2.11.2017 ESA calls for health & safety improvements across the sector

12.10.2017 ESA welcomes waste industry recognition in Government's clean growth strategy

7.8.2017 'UK sleepwalking into waste treatment capacity crisis'

31.7.2017 ESA and EA agree new partnership to raise standards and fight waste crime

24.7.2017 ESA calls for 25-year waste and resources plan following Michael Gove speech

19.7.2017 'Too early to tell if Chinese ban will disrupt UK recycling markets'

21.6.2017 Ofgem decision to reduce payments to small sustainable generators makes a mockery of circular economy ambitions

9.6.2017 General Election result: 'Political turmoil must be resolved as quickly as possible'

1.6.2017 GUIDE: Misclassification of waste and how to avoid it

1.6.2017 Resource management industry sets out top priorities for the next government

5.5.2017 'Political parties must commit to building a strong and competitive resource economy'

2.5.2017 REPORT: Waste crime costs England £600m a year

19.4.2017 ESA calls for policy stability in party manifestoes

11.4.2017 ESA calls for planning system to be aligned with circular economy

10.4.2017 Litter strategy misses opportunity to ramp up role of EPR schemes, says ESA

15.3.2017 ESA sounds note of caution over European Parliament Circular Economy proposals

7.3.2017 ESA calls for Budget to reverse recycling decline 

14.2.2017 ESA welcomes House of Lords report on impacts of Brexit on UK environment and climate change

7.2.2017 Defra's 3xWAC decision won’t help investment in hazardous waste treatment, says ESA