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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. 



July 2018

10 July 2018
ESA welcomes the National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations for resources and waste policy

June 2018

14 June 2018
A new approach to the problem of plastic waste

11 June 2018
ESA welcomes governments review into organised waste crime

06 June 2018
Energy for the circular economy how policy could prevent 60m tonnes of waste going to landfill

MAY 2018

25 May 2018
New ESA report asks what will it take for councils to hit future recycling targets

APRIL 2018

26 April 2018
Ambitious UK Plastics Pact supported by ESA

19 April 2018
Frictionless trade in recyclable waste vital post Brexit

10 April 2018
Cash strapped councils should use competition for waste services to maximise flexibility

MARCH 2018

29 March 2018
Deposit scheme needs to work with other policies says ESA

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



  ESA / CIWM Training

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


2018 Events

CIWM Cleaner Communities Day
18 April 2018
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to register your interest


FEAD Event @ IFAT - Open markets for waste to recovery: a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy?
15 May 2018
IFAT, Munich


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
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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