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


Executive Director Vlog

In the first in a new series, listen to the Environmental Services Association Executive Director Jacob Hayler provide an update on the key issues affecting the UK waste, recycling and resource management sector (July 2023). Read More


EfW inclusion in ETS marks significant policy intervention for the waste sector

Earlier this month (July) the UK Government published its response to a Call for Evidence over Developing the UK’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which includes expansion of the ETS to cover Energy-from-Waste. Read More


EA waste crime survey results confirm need for action

Sam Corp analysis the EA Waste Crime Survey Results, and asks what can be done to fight the impacts of waste crime on our industry Read More