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


New captain must bring about sea change at Environment Agency

Jacob Hayler, Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association examines what is in store for the new Agency leader, and the opportunity that he has to tackle waste crime and permitting issues to restore the support of ESA and its members Read More


Commercial waste service “zoning” - report identifies areas of concern

Phil Conran OBE, looks at the recent ESA Zoning report, and the concerns that it raises with regards to the viability, costs and environmental impact of the governments proposal as a possible route to reducing environmental emissions and costs to businesses Read More


Passing of Keith Bury CBE, CEnv (1934 - 2023)

It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Keith Bury CBE, CEnv on 27 February 2023 Read More