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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. 




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 2017.


2017 Events

Policy UK: Reuse, Remanufacture and Recycle: Building a Circular Economy, Reducing Food Waste and Promoting the Economic Value of Resource Efficiency
07 September 2017
Royal Society of Chemistry, London


12-14 September 2017
NEC Birmingham


Inside Government: Improving Waste Management, Implementing a Circular Economy in the UK
19 September 2017
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE


Scottish Resources Conference 2017
27 – 28 September 2017
EICC Edinburgh


The Big Green Event Expo
12 October 2017
Hilton Ageas Bowl Convention Centre, Southampton


ESA Annual Lunch 2017
24 November 2017
London Marriott Grosvenor Square


SMi's 10th Annual Conference:
Energy from Waste

06 & 07 December 2017
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London




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