Augean chief executive Stewart Davies has become the new chairman of the Environmental Services Association.
He replaces Cory Environmental deputy chairman Peter Gerstrom who steps down after two years in the role.
In his speech, Dr Davies said that the ESA has an opportunity to set a strong strategic direction for the industry, and should lobby government on how the 25 Year Environmental Plan and Industrial Strategy should both be integrated with circular economy thinking.
He also called for promotion of markets for recycled materials to create a strong “pull factor” in the recycling market.
Dr Davies added: “At the start of the year there appeared to be a strategy vacuum facing our industry in England. As we now approach the end of the year there are multiple opportunities to feed into governmental strategic thinking. All of these provide us with a platform to set out the role for making better use of waste as a resource, strengthening the economy while improving environmental outcomes.
“I am delighted to be taking over the chairmanship of the ESA at such an important time for our industry. The ESA has a vital role to play in helping the Government join up its thinking in waste and resources, so that our member companies have a clear post-Brexit framework in which to bring forward a private sector-led package of investment in new waste infrastructure worth £10 billion.”