Environmental Services Association (ESA)


ESA is the trade association representing the UK’s waste management and secondary resources industry. ESA’s Members provide essential waste and secondary resources management services to the public and private sectors. ESA works with all levels of government and regulators to deliver more sustainable waste management for the UK.

Policy is developed through a committee structure specialising in issues such as renewable energy, recycling, landfill operations, transport, planning, carbon management, sectoral economics and health and safety.

The work ESA does involves embracing information and discussions with senior governmental departments, and feeding information from our members into those discussions. Our aim is to raise standards across the sector, to ensure that the environment and the public are protected.

We work with members to develop guidance that makes the industry and safe, more efficient and environmentally friendly place to be.

We educate waste producers around their Duty of Care, and what the legal requirements around disposal of material responsibly and legally.

We work closely with the Environment Agency to help stamp out waste crime, and the effect it has on communities and the environment. Encouraging our members and the public to report any incidences of waste crime, but also developing recommendations for what the Government can do to help reduce incidences of waste crime in the UK, and therefore the UK finances.

We promote the industry in a positive light, by engaging with national and trade press, events and campaigns, but also supporting our members in the public engagements that they do in their local areas.

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