Our People

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 support WRAP to develop two framework contracts for Welsh local authorities to procure waste collection vehicles and containers;
  • a cost benefit analysis of re-use and repair models for Zero Waste Scotland;
  • assisting the Oxfordshire Reuse Forum to develop options for increasing reuse across Oxfordshire; and
  • mentoring and assessment of semi-finalists in the NESTA Waste Reduction Challenge Prize, a number of which proposed innovative approaches to reuse and repair, the redistribution of surplus food and novel uses for “waste” materials.

In addition Emma has recently undertaken reviews of communications and reuse activity for Omagh District Council, Mid & East Antrim Councils, and Oxfordshire County Council and its five district councils and also reviews to increase reuse at a number of HWRCs across the UK including in Powys, Torbay and Walsall.

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.