Welcome to the website of the ESA – the voice of the waste and resource management industry.
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) works on behalf of our Members to support and promote the waste and resource management industry. We work with governments, parliaments and regulators to bring about a sustainable system of waste and resource management for the UK.
Our industry provides services which are essential to modern life. The companies that make up the sector collect the waste produced by households and businesses across the UK, treat the waste responsibly, and turn a large percentage of that waste into new resources and energy for the nation.
In recent years the industry has transformed itself. Ten years ago, over three-quarters of Britain's waste went to landfill (compared to well under 50% today) and waste management was chiefly focused on the logistics of collection and transport. While these still matter, the industry has developed a range of technologies to treat waste and extract value from it. Innovation is a constant feature of modern waste management.
ESA is at the forefront of debates about waste prevention and recycling, playing a vital role in driving higher standards within our industry.
The sector at a glance
ESA confirms support for Defra's 'Smarter Guidance & Data' project
ESA responds to consultation on MRF Code of Practice
(Consultation response can be found here)
ESA Leaders debate the future of waste policy
ESA welcomes Labours waste policy document
SESA welcomes Scottish resource sector agreement
ESA welcomes outcome of Judicial Review into
ESA expresses disappointment with waste PFI cuts
SESA launches report outlining industry's role in
helping Scotland achieve its Zero Waste targets
ESA takes part in HSE / WISH Summit to reduce
ESA calls for flood defence work to be split from
EA regulation role
Waste & Resource Management Industry welcomes
DEFRA proposal for MRF Code of Practice
ESA warns that hazardous waste strategy is not
SESA warns recycling targets must not become a political football
Click here to see all previous press releases
TWRI Census Dissemination Conference
14 June 2013, St Williams College, York
National Civic Amenity Site Conference
18th June 2013, Solihull
Resource Association Conference
9th July 2013, London
RWM in partnership with CIWM
10th - 12th September 2013, NEC Birmingham
SMi Energy from Waste Conference
25 - 26 September 2013, Kensington Close Hotel, London
CIWM Awards for Environmental Excellence
07 November 2013
ESA Annual Lunch
29 November 2013, London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London
Click here to see all events
- Total turnover: £11bn
- Direct Employment: 95,000 people
- Municipal waste handled each year: over 26 million tonnes
- 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.
- Greenhouse gas emissions down by 70% since 1990.
- The top seven companies account for approximately 40% of turnover. Many hundreds of SMEs provide either localised or more specialised services