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Emma How
Specialist Technical Advisor
I provide operational support to local authorities. I’m keen on promoting waste prevention and re-use. When I’m not volunteering with my councils waste team I’m in my garden with my chickens.

Please email Emma to access our Waste Prevention Toolkit.

Emma’s extensive understanding and practical experience covers the design, implementation and management of waste collection and re-use operations.

Emma has particular expertise in implementing waste prevention initiatives, and leads on Eunomia’s free Waste Prevention Toolkit. She has a track record of working collaboratively across the private, local authority and third sectors. Emma holds a NEBOSH Certificate and has a track record of developing, implementing and managing safe systems of work for kerbside, HWRC, bring, depot and haulage operations.  She has also drawn on her operational background to contribute to the design of collection vehicles.

Recent Experience

Emma’s recent work within Eunomia includes:

  • Providing technical and engagement support to the London Borough of Lambeth during their Waste Strategy update, where she has been involved in drafting the strategy documents and providing support to the public consultation.
  • Providing support to WRAP to assist Wokingham Borough Council in the design and delivery of communications to support the rollout of their separate food waste collection service.
  • Delivering technical support and remote cascade monitoring training to support WasteServ Malta in their country wide food waste collection service rollout.
  • Providing technical support to Monmouthshire through a health and safety review of their Household Waste Recycling Centre network.
  • Providing technical and procurement support to Bath & North East Somerset in their recent waste service redesign.

In addition Emma has recently supported an number of waste permitting projects including for Welwyn Hatfield, Norfolk County and Merthyr Tydfil Councils and is supporting Sacia Paper UK in the development of a compliant Fire Prevention Plan for their Partington Paper Mill.

Emma’s role in projects is often to provide technical input and support, applying her operational, local authority and third sector experience and knowledge to provide insight and innovation.

Career History

Emma Joined Eunomia in 2009 and has over 20 years of public, private and third sector experience within the waste management sector, both as a waste collection contractor and a local authority contract manager.

Emma began her waste career in 1994 as a volunteer loader/driver for Avon Friends of the Earth’s (FoE) Bristol City kerbside recycling contract, where she helped increase the frequency and range of materials collected. Her service improvement work for FoE in Bath & North East Somerset led to the council being awarded Beacon Status for its recycling service in 1999, and she managed the organisation’s kerbside recycling contract with Mendip District Council from its inception.

In 2005 Emma became waste management officer for Mendip District Council and later South Somerset District Council, where she was involved in the rollout of the Somerset Waste Partnership’s award winning Sort It! service.