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ESA sees opportunity to influence industrial strategy

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against waste crime while engaging with the Government on what is best for the industry.

The priorities were set out as outgoing chairman Peter Gerstrom handed over the reins of the business to his successor Stewart Davies, chief executive of hazardous waste treatment company Augean.

Both spoke at the ESA’s annual members’ lunch in London.

Gerstrom highlighted how technology and innovation continued to drive new approaches to managing resources, and emphasised the need for ministers to integrate resource efficiency into its industrial strategy and embrace the role of extended producer responsibility.

ESA has a vital role to play in helping the Government join up its thinking on waste and resources

Stewart Davies

In his speech, Davies (pictured) said the ESA’s main concern would be to promote the industry’s priorities with the Government, while ensuring relevant and timely support to ESA members, specifically in maintaining the fight against waste crime.

He said the organisation had the opportunity to set a strong strategic direction for the waste sector, and to lobby and provide evidence on how the Government’s environmental and industrial strategies should both be integrated with circular economy thinking.

“At the start of the year, there appeared to be a strategy vacuum facing our industry in England. As we now approach the end of the year, there are multiple opportunities to feed into governmental strategic thinking.

“The ESA has a vital role to play in helping the Government to join up its thinking on waste and resources, so that our member companies have a clear post-Brexit framework in which to bring forward a private sector‐led package of investment in new waste infrastructure worth £10bn.”

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