This article discusses how Sustainable Development and Quality Management meet a common target. Companies that excel in Best Available Technology (BAT) respond to expanding sets of expectation of the client and of the legislator. The paper analyses the link between governance, lobbying, and the emergence of economic and environmental feasibility of current quality management factors. In conclusion, the author argues that organisations function in dependence of how well quality improvement interacts with different competitive components such as cost. The constraint theory of Goldratt are therefore extended; this paper is hence first in literature to report an analysis of linkages between the political economy, public affairs management and its impact on harmonisation in the sector of waste management.