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To support policy development and delivery of our organisational strategic priorities, the ESA regularly undertakes research to build a robust evidence base – often making the case for policy change or to support investment.

We regularly survey our own members and peers across a range of topic areas to provide quick feedback to regulators and policy-makers about the impact of potential policy decisions, and we often commission technical experts to undertake more in-depth research around key priorities – for example, on decarbonisation, biodiversity and waste crime.

ESA research findings are regularly cited by journalists and policy-makers in nationally significant publications and we are proud to be able to contribute in this way to the public discourse around the recycling and waste treatment sector.

You can view our latest research reports below and find a full archive of our reports and publications here.

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