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


ESA writes open letter to incoming EA Chair Philip Duffy regarding waste crime inactivity

The ESA has recently written to the new Environment Agency Chief Executive, Phillip Duffy, to highlight the issues that are undermining effective enforcement against waste crime, and setting out the industry’s recommendations for addressing these challenges Read More


PAC inquiry echoes industry calls for policy certainty, clarity and granularity

Patrick Brighty analyses the recently published findings of the PAC inquiry into the Government's programme of resources and waste reforms, and how they echo what industry has been calling for. Read More