The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) have joined forces to form Resources and Waste UK (RaWUK), a new body that combines the voices of the two organisations to “add weight to the resources industry”.
The aims and objectives of the new body are to combine positions and views of CIWM and the ESA for influencing and lobbying on priority matters within the waste and resources industry.
ESA and CIWM will continue to operate separately as before, but there will be greater coordination in order to provide a unified voice.
David Beadle, CIWM’s immediate Past President who has been heavily involved in drawing up the agreement, outlined how the closer partnership will work.
“We have agreed that our respective technical groups will work together so we can create a greater ‘gene pool’ of ideas and evidence… Drawing on this more robust body of evidence, we want and need to show that we have a strong industry opinion and voice,” he said.
CIWM President, John Quinn, said: “This agreement covers how we will think and work together and how we will identify and communicate important message to all of those we need to influence and work with. A co-ordinated voice for the industry.
John Quinn, CIWM President – “This partnership hasn’t come about by chance – it is the result trends within our organisations, between our organisations – and around them. This partnership is yet another signal of how the resource and waste management industry is maturing and – in my view – improving”
“CIWM and ESA have been working together successfully and increasingly over several years – we have a joint training programme, a joint conference, we work together at the RWM exhibition and – increasingly – we have been working together at a thinking and communicating level.
“This partnership hasn’t come about by chance – it is the result trends within our organisations, between our organisations – and around them. This partnership is yet another signal of how the resource and waste management industry is maturing and – in my view – improving.”
Where there is full agreement between CIWM and ESA on high-profile issues affecting the industry, this will be adopted as a message from RaWUK.
Where there is no agreed position – or where one partner does not hold an opinion on any matter, the two organisations will speak / lobby as now.
The new body will have a Board consisting of three members of ESA board of directors and three CIWM Trustees.
It will meet around three times per year and will be supported by CIWM chief executive Steve Lee as its CEO, who will co-ordinate further support through the staff of the two organisations, harnessing the power of the two memberships.
The company will not trade and it will not have members beyond CIWM and ESA themselves. Its purpose is to co-ordinate joint thinking and lobbying between the two Members.
Membership of both organisations will continue as before, but the new organisation will provide the industry as a whole, with a more unified and effective voice.
Talking on behalf of the ESA, its chairman David Palmer-Jones said this move shows an industry maturing and rallying behind a common goal of creating “a more resource efficient and secure UK.”
“Our industry has long called out for a champion to stand up for our industry to cut across the political and legislative complexity that we grapple with,” he said, “…we have decided to creator own champion, our own voice that can speak with the combined weight, knowledge and professionalism of the ESA and CIWM membership.
“The voice of Resources & Waste UK will be powerful and will be heard. We have the responsibility to develop our industry to its full potential, delivering considerable economic benefits in the form of significant investment, infrastructure, and new sector jobs.”
The partnership working agreement will also see ESA members across the UK being given the opportunity to be part of the CIWM’s regional centres and a dedicated ESA section in CIWM’s monthly journal.