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NEW  Policy Brieifing - Biodiversity Net Gain in England (2024)

February 2024

Latest Publications


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Health & Safety Alert | People in Bins

November 2023 update

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Social Value Charter

November 2023

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Supporting a Nature Positive Future: a process for ESA Members

Dowload all 3 parts of the Nature Positive Toolkit in a single click HERE

If you wish to download the files serparately click below:

September 2023

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A sustainable transition into the Emissions Trading Scheme | ESA Strategy Document

September 2023

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Supporting a Net Zero Recycling & Waste Sector - Policy Scorecard 2023 

The Policy Scorecard is included in the report, but a copy of the scorecard on it own can be downloaded here

July 2023

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Commercial Waste Zoning - Implications for the United Kingdom

February 2023

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Environmental Services Association Annual Report 2022

February 2023


Ricardo Report: Quantification of Greenhouse Gas Emission from Recycling and Waste Management in Scotland

February 2023


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Biodiversity Best Practice Guide

December 2022

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ESA Health & Safety Culture Survey Results 

November 2022

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ESA Quality Standard - Recycled Plastics

September 2022

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ESA Annual Report 2020 - 2021

November 2021

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Counting the cost of UK Waste Crime Report 2021


July 2021

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Planning for a Green Economic Recovery

July 2021


Executive Summary: A net-zero greenhouse gas emissions strategy for the UK recycling and waste sector

June 2021

To download the full ESA net-zero strategy please click here

To read Ricardo's ESA commisioned report into the GHG emissions of the sector, please click here

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Quantification of greenhouse gas emissions from recycling and waste management activities in the UK - FINAL

June 2021

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Fichtner -  Zero Waste Scotland - climate change -Technical Report

April 2021

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Recovering energy from waste FAQs

March 2021

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ESA Annual Report 2019 - 2020

December 2020


GHG Emission Factors Review


November 2020

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SESA Position Statement on ZWS Report - The climate change impacts of burning municipal waste in Scotland

Fichtner Zero Waste Scotland Technical Report

  Nov 2020


The Effects of Competition on Municipal Waste Collection Performance

Jan 2020


Safety Alert: People in Waste Containers

Dec 2018

Report on weight-based targets

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

Aug 2018

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Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042
A use-based approach to decision and policy making

June 2018

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Energy for the Circular Economy
An overview of energy from waste in the UK

June 2018

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An economic assessment and feasibility study of how the UK could meet the Circular Economy Package recycling targets

May 2018

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

February 2018


More reports here