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


Recycling is key to unlock residual waste decarbonisation

Climate and Energy Policy Advisor, Charlotte Rule, looks at the recent CCC report and what more the industry can do to further decarbonise the sector. Read More


Re-shoring the UKs plastic exports to cut crime

ESA Executive Director, Jacob Hayler, explores how re-shoring the reprocessing of secondary plastics will reduce waste crime Read More


Defra EPR response a positive milestone

A duo of long-awaited government announcements signals how the waste industry will tackle some of the biggest issues in our sector. While some elements are welcomed, others could have been better thought through, argues the ESA’s Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Isabel Clifford Read More