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Welcome to the website of the ESA – the trade association for the UK's Resource & Waste Management Industry.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is working to transform waste and resource management in the UK.  Our work helps enable our members to turn Britain’s waste into valuable resources whilst protecting the environment. 



ESA Chairman: Extended producer responsibility could help us make the circular economy a reality

ESA pleased to see budget cuts will not curb government support for tackling waste crime.

Trade Association Group (TAG) write to Rory Stewart to thank Government for work on waste crime

TAG Press Release
Joint letter to the European Commission urges greater focus on demand side measures in Circular Economy package

  • The letter can be found here

ESA - cuts to Defra and DCLG funding must not affect resources to tackle waste crime


  ESA / CIWM Training

Click here for updates on the ESA and CIWM Training courses for 2015.


2016 Events

Remunicipalisation Conference
Waste services: Public vs Private

28 January 2016QEII Centre, London


Energy from Waste Conference 2016
24 - 25 February 2016Royal College of Surgeons


Resources Conference Cymru 2016
09 March 2016 | Cardiff


The London Conference
10 March 2016 | Central Hall, Westminster


WRc Innovation Day 2016
27 April 2016 | Swindon


Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management
19 May 2016 | The Landmark Hotel, London


Resourcing the Future Conference
(Joint ESA / CIWM / Resource Association event)
15 - 16 June 2016 | Royal College of Surgeons, London


CARS and Metals Recycling Event
13 - 14 July 2016 | Donington Park, Derby


13 - 15 September 2016 | NEC Birmingham


Scottish Resources Conference
05 - 06 October 2016 | Edinburgh Intl Conference Centre


CIWM Sustainability Awards 2016
03 November 2016 | Marriott Grosvenor Square, London

ESA Annual Lunch 2016

25 November 2016 | Marriott Grosvenor Square, London



Toolbox Talk Forum

Click here for the Members Health and Safety 




Useful Environment Agency Guidance


The sector at a glance

  • Total turnover: £11bn
  • Direct Employment: Almost 100,000 people
  • The industry is geographically diverse (to be close to waste generation) and provides jobs and apprenticeships – at all levels to local economies across the country
  • The sector collects over £1 billion each year in landfill tax alone, and pays business rates to local communities.
  • Municipal waste handled each year: over 26 million tonnes
  • Invested approximately £5 billion in new infrastructure in the past five years 
  • Energy generated (from waste combustion and landfill gas) each year: approximately 6,700 GWh (1.5% of the UK's total electricity supply and around 20% of our renewable electricity).
  • The top seven companies account for approximately 40% of turnover. Many hundreds of SMEs provide either localised or more specialised services