ESA: First biowaste strategy to move the sector towards a Circular Economy

Source: Environmental Services Association (ESA)

London, UK —  The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice of the UK’s waste and resource management industry, is launching its first biowaste strategy, ‘Circular Organics: Biowaste in a Circular Economy’, at this years RWM Show. The main purposes of the strategy are to address the key challenges faced by the biowaste treatment sector, to set out the ESA’s vision for the way forward and to offer a set of concrete actions that ESA believe will move the sector closer to a circular economy.

The Strategy identifies 5 key barriers to achieving this:

  1. Failure to identify the full potential of  biowaste;
  2. Uncertainty over feedstock security;
  3. Inadequate feedstock quality drivers;
  4. Unclear waste hierarchy for biowaste;
  5. Increasingly complex and onerous policies and regulations.

It also presents concrete actions on how these barriers might be tackled, involving stakeholders across the supply chain.

Chairman of ESA’s Biotreatment Working Group, Stuart Hayward-Higham underlined: „ESA members are uniquely positioned to understand the biowaste collection and treatment market as their services extend across a wide vista of the sector. Taking that experience and knowledge, we have sought to provide insight into how we think biowaste and biotreatments fit within and complement the circular economy.” The ESA Biotreatment Strategy seeks to explain the market, to explore the barriers and solutions that exist and to deliver ESA`s vision in a practical way. „We believe that this strategy, if adopted, could help maximise the benefits from this valuable resource.”

ESA’s Director General, Barry Dennis added: „This strategy looks across the complete biowaste landscape and highlights the effective solutions to treating and managing this material within a circular economy. Biowaste is an important resource and we must continue to extract as much value from it as possible and prevent it being lost in landfill”.

The ESA’s Biowaste Strategy can be downloaded under

Source: Environmental Services Association (ESA)