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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. 



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 2017.


2017 Events

CIWM New Member Networks National Event
4-5 May
Leicester Marriot


OPEN SEMINAR: Right Waste, Right Place:
Duty of Care in the construction sector

9th May 2017
Room S0.29, South Building, Queen’s Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff University CF24 3AA


UKELA London Meeting - Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Reporting, the new corporate drivers
9 May 2017,


World Waste to Energy and Resources Summit
23 & 24 May 2017


UKELA Wild Law Weekend 2017
Friday 26 to Monday 29 May 2017
Fort William, Scotland


Reuse, remanufacture and recycle
08 June 2017
Central London


Rushlight Summer Showcase
20 June 2017
Royal Geographical Society, London


FEAD Biennial Conference 2017
21 June 2017
Paris, France


Resourcing the Future 2017
27 & 28 June 2017
One Great George Street, London


12-14 September 2017
NEC Birmingham


Scottish Resources Conference 2017
27 – 28 September
EICC Edinburgh


SAVE THE DATE: ESA Annual Lunch 2017
24 November 2017
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