James Fulford is Director – Local Environment at Eunomia. He focusses on helping cities and regions to develop waste strategies and solutions to a range of environmental problems, including waste, marine litter and air pollution.
Much of his work relates to helping both private and public sector service providers to make operations as cost-efficient as possible and to achieve positive environmental outcomes on limited, sometimes shrinking, budgets. Specialising in local government efficiency, James regularly presents at events in the UK and further afield on how service performance and quality can be maintained or increased while cutting costs.
Leading Eunomia’s work on commercial waste collection, James has delivered a number of policy development projects for WRAP and Welsh Government, and is an industry leader in the field of collaborative commercial waste contract procurement. He has supported both buyers and sellers of commercial waste businesses to carry out due diligence on acquisition (or business sales) opportunities and to integrate new businesses into existing operations. He has advised a large number of local authorities on how they can build and improve the financial and recycling performance of their trade waste business.
Over the years, he has also been closely involved in the development of food waste collection systems, the partnership agenda, issues relating to waste crime and regulation and waste policy development both as it relates to local government and more widely.
In 2018 James re-joined Eunomia after a two year absence, during which time he assisted with setting up local authority controlled waste businesses in the London Boroughs of Southwark, Ealing and Hounslow, all of which are now up and running.
At Eunomia, James has directed efficiency review projects for dozens of local authorities to help them to improve their financial position through service change, improved operational efficiency, routing and increasing revenues. Having advocated the establishment of revolving loan fund to various bodies to kick-start efficiency work, James led the team which assisted the London Waste and Recycling Board to design and establish just such a fund.
James directed the project to prepare the Local Authority Waste Regulations Route Map for LWARB, WRAP and The Waste Network Chairs. He designed and delivered the Waste Partnership Route Map for IESE.
He has provided commercial waste collections advice to scores of local authority and private sector providers.
James has a rich history in waste, coming from a background in both public and private sectors. Before joining Eunomia in 2004 he was a local authority waste officer, and from 1995 to 1998 he worked in third sector waste service design and operational management.