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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. 



MARCH 2018

22 March 2018
ESA welcomes London Assembly Environment Committee report on putting Londons resources to best use

13 March 2018
ESA welcomes call for evidence on tackling single use plastics

06 March 2018
Eunomia report highlights lack of transparency in current system says ESA


22 February 2018
UK recycling rates remain in the doldrums says ESA

16 February 2018
ESA shine spotlight on contrasting health and safety performance across the industry

15 February 2018
ESA perplexed by the London Assembly Environment Committees report on EfW


17 January 2018
ESA welcomes the Governments continued commitment to tackling waste crime

11 January 2018
ESA welcomes 25 year plan but action still needed to create demand for recycled material


14 December 2017
ESA welcomes chief scientific advisers report From Waste to Resource Productivity


30 November 2017
Six million tonnes of UK waste will be without a home by 2030 finds independent review

27 November 2017
ESA welcomes Industrial Strategy's commitments to the resources sector

24 November 2017
ESA Chairman outlines his priorities for the Association

22 November 2017
ESA welcomes Budget proposals to stamp out waste crime and single use plastics

20 November 2017
ESA calls for Chancellor to tackle irresponsible packaging

02 November 2017
ESA calls for health and safety improvements across the sector


12 October 2017
ESA welcomes waste industry recognition in governments clean growth strategy


07 August 2017
ESA: UK sleepwalking into waste treatment capacity crisis

JULY 2017

31 July 2017
ESA and EA agree new partnership to raise standards and fight waste crime

24 July 2017
ESA calls for 25 year Waste and Resources Plan following Gove speech

19 July 2017
ESA: too early to tell if Chinese ban will disrupt UK recycling markets

JUNE 2017

21 June 2017
Ofgem decision to reduce payments to small, sustainable generators makes a mockery of circular economy ambitions - ESA

09 June 2017
ESA reacts to result of the General Election - political turmoil must be resolved as quickly as possible

01 June 2017
Misclassification of Waste and how to avoid it

01 June 2017
Resource Management Industry sets out its top priorities for the next government

MAY 2017

05 May 2017
Political parties must commit to building a strong and competitive resource economy

02 May 2017
Waste crime costs England £600m a year

APRIL 2017

19 April 2017
ESA calls for policy stability in party manifestos

11 April 2017
ESA calls for planning system to be aligned with circular economys

10 April 2017
Litter strategy misses opportunity to ramp up role of EPR schemes says ESA

MARCH 2017

15 March 2017
ESA sounds note of caution over European Parliament Circular Economy proposals

07 March 2017
ESA calls for Budget to reverse recycling decline


14 February 2017
ESA welcomes House of Lords report on impacts of Brexit on UK environment and climate change

07 February 2017
Defra’s 3xWAC decision won’t help investment in hazardous waste treatment says ESA


25 November 2016
New ESA Chairman outlines his priorities for the Association

22 November 2016
ESA calls for longer term support for recycling from the Autumn Statement

21 November 2016
Report reveals stark contrasts in waste and recycling industry health & safety performance

18 November 2016
ESA praises frank and honest PRN discussion

07 November 2016
ESA seeks views on PRN alternatives


  ESA / CIWM Training

Click here for updates on the ESA and CIWM Training courses for 2018.


2018 Events

UKELA Waste Working Party: Waste law and the Circular Economy after Brexit – a seminar
07 March 2018
Clyde & Co, St Botolph Building London


MRF and Markets Conference
08 March 2018
National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull


CIWM Resource Conference and Exhibition Cymru
14 March 2018


CIWM Cleaner Communities Day
18 April 2018
Call 01604 823342 or
to register your interest


World Waste to Energy and Resources Summit
23-24 May 2018


Resourcing the Future Conference and Exhibition
13-14 June 2018


UKELA Annual Conference 2018 - Past Reflections and Future Horizons: Environmental law in a post-Brexit World
22 -24 June 2018


Metals Recycling Event
11-12 July 2018
NAEC, Stoneleigh


RWM 2018
12–13 September 2018
NEC Birmingham


Scottish Resources Conference and Exhibition
03-04 October 2018
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Call 01604 823342 or
to register your interest


SAVE THE DATE – ESA Annual Lunch
30 November 2018
London Marriott, Grosvenor Square




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