Welcome to ESA

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is the trade body representing the UK's resource and waste management industry. While people talk about the circular economy, our members are helping to bring it about every day.

A sustainable, low-carbon economy of the future depends on quality recycled materials and world-class resources and waste management. ESA members collect, process and deliver these resources and are innovating and investing for a long-term zero-waste, zero-carbon future, building sustainable infrastructure and creating jobs.

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    ESA is instrumental in driving the sector forward to achieve the highest standards of environmental performance

    Gavin Graveson - EVP of UK & Ireland for Veolia

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    ESA has the skills and expertise, both through its own officers and across its
    membership, to be a “one-stop shop”.

    Jacob Hayler, Executive Director of ESA

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    ESA provides unrivalled support to the waste and recycling sector and a platform to share insight and advice.

    Christopher Lennon, Sales and Development Director, SRIS



Members can access accurate up to date information to help inform you and your business. You are also contributing to the development of industry best practise and standards.


Whether it’s a specific issue unique to your business, or an issue affecting the whole sector, ESA membership provides you with a means to get your voice heard with government and regulators.


ESA’s campaigning expertise is able to reach the highest levels of government. We represent our members views – we make a difference.

News and Views


‘DRS response marks significant juncture for sector’

Patrick Brighty, ESA's Recycling Policy Adviser looks in depth at the government’s response to its consultation on the deposit return scheme (DRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read More


Independent Net-Zero review recognises the role of a circular economy in reducing carbon emissions

Charlotte Rule, ESA Climate and Energy Policy Advisor summarises the recent independent review of the UK's Net-Zero target progress by Chris Skidmore MP. Read More


Biodiversity work to highlight how waste sector can get nature-positive

Work to look at the industry’s contribution towards protecting, restoring & enhancing biodiversity as well as developing best practice standards for the sector along with exploring and quantifying the industry’s impacts on biodiversity has started Read More