Our People

Eric Bridgwater
Principal Consultant
I manage much of our work on HWRCs and waste data. I’m interested in working in Scandinavia and Spanish speaking countries. And I play piano in several bands.

Eric is a vastly experienced waste management consultant and has contributed to the delivery of over 200 research and consultancy projects, typically as a project manager or director.

He is widely acknowledged as an authority on waste data and the performance of collection systems.  He also has an excellent grasp of the operational, political and pragmatic considerations associated with each project.

He has contributed significantly to defining best practice in the municipal waste management sector and has managed the delivery of several of WRAP’s most influential research projects in this area, including on food waste collections and dry recycling performance benchmarking.  He co-authored the ground breaking National Assessment of Civic Amenity Sites and project managed the production national municipal waste compositional estimates for Defra.

Eric’s research experience is complemented by an impressive portfolio of consultancy projects carried out for local authorities, central government, industry bodies and private companies, commonly focussing on business cases for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of HWRCs and kerbside collection schemes.


Recent Experience

Eric has played a key role in delivering WRAP’s flagship Household Food and Drinks Waste in the UK research programme.    He led a major review of HWRCs in Northern Ireland, which included onsite assessments and improvement recommendations for 46 sites, and development of a national strategy for improving HWRC performance.  He recently assisted a county council in carrying out an appraisal of procurement options and producing a business case for the preferred option.

Eric has recently helped the Local Government Association to review different mechanisms for measuring the environmental performance of waste management systems, in particular considering alternatives to recycling rate metrics.  He has also worked with the Latvian and Spanish Environment Ministries to identify policy measures and interventions to assist in meeting EU Waste Framework Directive targets.


Career history

Before joining Eunomia in 2017, Eric worked as a consultant and researcher with Resource Futures (formerly Network Recycling).  He previously worked as a translation manager and has a working knowledge of Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Spanish.