ESA and EA re-launch Waste Industry Placement Scheme

ESA and EA re-launch Waste Industry Placement Scheme

ESA and EA re-launch Waste Industry Placement Scheme

ESA and EA re-launch Waste Industry Placement Scheme

The Environment Agency and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) have today (Wednesday 15 May) re-launched the Waste Industry Placement Scheme to support the sharing of knowledge between the regulator and industry.

The Waste Industry Placement Scheme is a collaborative venture between the Environment Agency and our trade members.  

It aims to provide Environment Agency officers with hands-on operational experience, bolstering their ability to regulate with greater understanding, credibility and confidence by undertaking short placements with participating waste companies.

It also presents an opportunity for both regulator and regulated organisations to develop a shared understanding of waste regulation, enabling each to gain a greater appreciation of the problems and issues on both sides.

Prior to the pandemic, the scheme had been in place for 19 years and received excellent feedback, with around 30 officers taking part each year. The scheme is now being reinstated, with one-week placements proposed to take place from June to September 2024.

Jacob Hayler, the ESA’s Executive Director, said: “The Waste Industry Placement Scheme provides a great opportunity for EA Officers to experience first-hand the wide range of operations undertaken by ESA members which will help develop a deeper mutual understanding of how regulation impacts and supports our sector. 

We believe unequivocally in the importance of having a strong and effective regulator and supporting the Agency in this way aligns with ESA’s core strategic objective to raise standards across the sector. Our members look forward to welcoming EA officers to their placements and working with them over the next few months.” 

Georgina Collins, Environment Agency Director for Energy & Resources, said: “The Waste Industry Placement Scheme is a brilliant example of the regulator and the regulated coming together to get a better understanding of how the other works.

“We want to make sure our officers have the best skills, knowledge and experience to do their jobs effectively, so we are delighted to reinstate this scheme so that more people can benefit.

“We look forward to collaborating with the ESA and the waste industry on the scheme for years to come.”