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


At least one more challenge to industry posed by COVID-19

Sam Corp, Head of Regulation at ESA, looks at the fresh challenges posed by COVID-19 to the recycling and waste sector as we enter 2021. Read More


Basel Convention amendments: Choppy waters for waste sector exports and imports

Julien Grolée, Recycling Policy Advisor at ESA, looks at the implications that new trade agreements and regulations will have on the import and export activity upon which the UK recycling and waste industry relies. Read More


Resources & Waste Strategy: The devil is in the detail and 2021 is the year of detail

Jacob Hayler, ESA Executive Director, looks at what it will take to achieve the next step-change in our national journey towards higher recycling rates and how the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy must make up for lost time during the pandemic. Read More