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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. 



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


20 October 2016
Augean's Stewart Davies elected ESA Chairman

18 October 2016
ESA outlines alternatives to PRNs

11 October 2016
Local Authorities could save £300million each year in litter clean up costs says ESA report


22 September 2016
ESA: Tackling waste crime starting to show a return on investment

13 September 2016
ESA comments on WRAP Framework for Greater Consistency

07 September 2016
Use Extended Producer Responsibility to clean our streets of litter says ESA


23 August 2016
ESA comments on reports of a rise in contamination of recyclables

01 August 2016
ESA welcome Dr Colin Church to role of CIWM's CEO

01 August 2016
ESA outlines vision for UK waste and resource management

JUNE 2016

24 June 2016
ESA: Referendum result must be taken as an opportunity

MAY 2016

12 May 2016
Waste Placement Scheme supports knowledge sharing between industry and regulator

10 May 2016
Resource management industry achievements and ambitions celebrated in new ESA report

03 May 2016
New ESA report shows the need for transparency in
council decision making processes

  • ESA's new report "Public Realm Services - Making the right choice" can be downloaded here

APRIL 2016

12 April 2016
Duty of Care awareness campaign launched

Check out the 'right Waste right Place' campaign website here

MARCH 2016

Budget 2016 - ESA pleased that Budget saves Landfill Communities Fund

Budget 2016 - ESA urges Chancellor to preserve Landfill Communities Fund

Code of Practice will help keep waste out of the hands of waste criminals

SESA calls for next Scottish Parliament to realise circular economy potential

SESA's Manifesto can be found here

Red Tape Review: Enforcement should be the focus
when it comes to regulation say ESA


Lack of reference to recycling sector in Defra
Departmental Plan is harmful says ESA

ESA Members reduce accidents and injuries by almost 80% 

ESA's new H&S report can be downloaded here

SESA welcomes Scottish proposals to address recycling contamination

ESA calls for stronger implementation of Defra's
Hazardous Waste Strategy


  ESA / CIWM Training

Click here for updates on the ESA and CIWM Training courses for 2017.


2017 Events

WRc Innovation Day 2017
26 April 2017


Secondary Commodity Markets Conference
26 April 2017
Oxford Spires Hotel


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


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