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Joe Papineschi
Joe is widely considered an industry leader in the fields of Government policy, local authority waste management and procurement.

Joe joined Eunomia as director in 2002, bringing with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of waste management in the statutory, community and private sectors. He was appointed Chairperson in 2020.

Joe has been at the of cutting edge sustainable waste management since 1995, and is widely considered an industry leader in the fields of Government policy, local authority waste management and procurement.

Joe’s experience spans waste operations, waste flow modelling, service profiling, policy development and implementation, contract negotiation and public procurement. Most recently he has specialised in partnership working and efficiency initiatives with local authorities, facilitating collaborative working and driving essential cost efficiencies whilst also increasing recycling performance. His ability to understand the multiple interlinked relationships between legal requirements, targets, budgets and contracts, coupled with a creative, analytical mind have made Joe a vital element in developing the waste management strategies of over 100 UK authorities.


Recent Experience

Joe leads Eunomia’s work on public procurement, having directed the commissioning of municipal recycling contracts worth in excess of £1.2 billion. Joe was instrumental in the formation of an award winning framework for the procurement of residual waste services in Wales, which is now live and saving Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

He also directs many of Eunomia’s efficiency reviews and service design projects for local authorities and their contractors, covering the full range of environmental services and using his operational knowledge and negotiation skills to bring about better performing, more efficient services.

In addition to the dozens of local authority projects directed by Joe, his skills are increasingly sought after by private sector clients, providing specialist bid advice and change management support to multi-million pound waste contracts.


Career History

From the grassroots up, Joe has gained his expertise ‘on the job’. His career in recycling started in 1995 when he set up a kerbside collection scheme in Brighton, and the ensuing years saw Joe lead a number of community recycling organisations, including management of the Community Recycling Network – a national support organisation for community recycling schemes.

In the early 2000’s Joe became an independent consultant, providing specialist waste management advice to the UK Government and a number of local authorities.  Joe has authored a number of publications on waste management, and held expert appointments with Government which continue to the present day.