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ESA welcomes the new Defra Secretary of State

Environmental Services Association

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The UK’s waste and recycling sector has today welcomed the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 


The Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents the resources and waste industry, has today written to the new Secretary of State to congratulate her on her role at Defra, and offer help in developing ambitious policy to deliver the resource efficient, zero carbon economy of the future.

The letter from ESA’s Executive Director, Jacob Hayler, expressed support for the Resources and Waste Strategy, stating:

“The Government’s recent consultations on producer responsibility for packaging, consistent collections, a plastics packaging tax, and a deposit return scheme all present a bold and exciting direction of travel for our industry. One which our members – as the key businesses working to deliver your vision – want to help Government grasp.”

The letter went on to highlight the importance of collaborating with industry to create investable conditions to make the ambitions a reality:

“In order to unlock investment, long-term policy and regulatory clarity is required. It is therefore vital that the industry, with its track record for delivering investment in UK recycling and recovery, has the opportunity to work with you on the development of detailed proposals under the Resources and Waste Strategy.”

The letter concluded:

“Together we can achieve the much more resource efficient, viable, and zero carbon economy to make post-Brexit Britain a success.”

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