The UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies are listed below for 2019/2020 (with their revenues in millions GBP).
A summary of the top 5 waste company's background information for the top 5 UK Waste Management Companies is provided below our chart of the top companies.
Veolia Environmental Services is clearly very successful. It is the largest UK Waste Management Top 20 company in terms of revenue by a considerable margin.
The UK Waste Management Top 20 companies (in 2019/2020) are listed below, with the revenue of each in millions GBP:
|1.||Veolia Environmental Services||1,602|
|3.||Viridor (Pennon Group)||853|
|4.||Suez Environnement UK||767|
|5.||FCC Environment (FCC)||676|
|6.||Amey Environmental (Ferrovial)||336|
|7.||DS Smith Recycling UK||285|
|8.||Enva Group (DCC)||210|
|9.||Renewi (Shanks Group)||168|
|10.||Serco Waste Management||160|
|14.||Tradebe Environmental Services||126|
|15.||Cory Riverside Energy||118|
|16.||Grundon Waste Management||118|
Veolia is followed by Biffa Group, Viridor (Pennon Group), Suez Environnement UK, and FCC Environment (FCC). These make up the top 5 (often called “the big-5” UK waste companies).
Revenues from leading waste management services working in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017/2018 (in million GBP) | Statista:
“The so called ‘Big Five' of the waste management services industry (Veolia, Biffa, Suez, Viridor and FCC) maintained their dominance, with FCC once again doubling the revenue of Amey Environmental. In total, the Big Five generated revenues of 4.8 billion British pounds, while the combined revenues of the remaining 15 companies amounts to less than half that amount.”
“Of these, the French transnational Veolia Environment Services recorded the largest revenue of the leading waste management services working in the United Kingdom at 1.5 billion British pounds. In the same year, Veolia generated a global revenue of 24.8 billion euros.”
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Essential Company Details for the Top 5 of our UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies
We have taken the top 5 of the “UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies”, and extracted their essential details, and for most, we have also included a short summary history of their origins.
1. Veolia UK
The UK leader in environmental solutions, Veolia provides a comprehensive range of waste, water and energy management services designed to build the circular economy and preserve scarce raw materials. via Veolia UK It employs nearly 78,000 staff, has operations in 35 countries around the world, and generated revenues of nearly €9.02 billion in 2009. It specialises in the management, treatment and disposal of waste, as well as the recycling, reclamation and re-use of waste products. Veolia Environmental Services manage solid and liquid waste, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials. via Veolia Environmental Services – Wikipedia
2. Biffa Group
Biffa is the leading integrated waste management company in the UK [of the UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies]. via Biffa – No.1 for Business Waste Biffa plc is a waste management company headquartered in High Wycombe, United Kingdom. It provides collection, landfill, recycling and special waste services to local authorities and industrial and commercial clients in the UK. As of 2017 it is the second-largest UK-based waste-management company. Biffa Group Limited is a leading UK waste management company headquartered in High Wycombe, United Kingdom. It provides collection, recycling, treatment, disposal and technologically-driven energy generation services across four operating divisions. Biffa service over 2.5 million households and collect 4.1 million bins per week within its municipal division, and has over 72,000 industrial and commercial customers. As of 2017, it is the second-largest UK-based waste management company in terms of turnover. Biffa is the largest waste management company in the UK in terms of volume collected and national coverage, collecting over 250,000 bins per week and covering 95% of UK postcodes. … via Biffa – Wikipedia
3. Suez Environnement UK
As a global expert in the water and waste sectors, SUEZ helps cities and industries in the circular economy to preserve, optimise and secure the resources essential to our future [as a leader within the UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies]. via Industrial group, global expert in the water and … – SUEZ
SITA UK Rebrands as Suez Environnement
4. Viridor (Pennon Group)
Pennon Group Plc is an environmental utility infrastructure company at the top end of the FTSE 250 which owns South West Water Limited and Viridor Limited. via Pennon Group PLC Viridor (from the Latin ‘to become green') is a recycling, renewable energy and waste management company in the United Kingdom, owned by Pennon Group, a FTSE 250 plc focused on the water and waste management industries. The company was formed in 1956 as Harrison Western Ltd, later becoming Haul Waste Ltd. Haul Waste became part of Pennon (then South West Water Ltd) in 1993, and grew by purchasing companies in the waste collection and landfill disposal market. In 1995 it bought Blue Circle Waste Management, bringing about in 1998 South West Water's name change to Pennon Group, and the merger of Haul Waste and Blue Circle Waste Management under Viridor. It subsequently acquired part of Churngold's waste business in June 2003, Thames Waste Management in 2004, Somerset LAWDC Wyvern Waste in 2006, Grosvenor Waste Management plus Skipaway Holdings in 2007, and Shore Recycling in 2008. Today the business is valued at over £1.5 billion, with recent acquisitions and growth focused on expanding the company's recycling and energy from waste capacity. Viridor was awarded the Greater Manchester Waste PFI contract, the largest waste and renewable energy contract in the UK. via Viridor – Wikipedia
5. FCC Environment
FCC Environment (UK) Limited is a waste management company headquartered in Northampton, United Kingdom and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas. It was formed in May 2012 through the merger and rebranding of Focsa Services and Waste Recycling Group. Waste Recycling Group acquired Hanson Waste Management from Hanson plc for £185 million in cash in December 2000. Waste Recycling Group was acquired by the private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners for £315.2 million in June 2003. In September 2006 Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas acquired Waste Recycling Group, excluding its landfill gas operations, from Terra Firma for £1.4 billion. In May 2012 Focsa Services and Waste Recycling Group were merged and re-branded “FCC Environment”. via FCC Environment – Wikipedia
This page has been repeatedly updated from the original 2006 post and most recently the table was updated in June 2021. The original post is provided below, as a historical record.
Archive Article: UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies
In 2006 the UK waste market continued to consolidate, mainly through acquisitions. These have again increased the market share of the industry's leading players. We have used the latest reported turnover of the 20 largest UK waste management companies as our “UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies”, and made our best guess at ranking them as best we can, however, although with Cleanaway now part of Veolia, they now probably the biggest since the Veolia take-over in the autumn – we will await the company accounts to verify that. It is no surprise that the gap between the leading half dozen companies and the remainder of the industry has widened further. Since the Veolia-Cleanaway merger, there are just 6 companies at the highest turnover level. However, what a huge turnover it is for these companies at half a billion UK Pounds and more per annum. Follow this link to our Top 20 Waste Management Companies page, for the full UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies listing, and our chronological list of waste management company mergers and acquisitions during 2006.
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All our UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies are ranked based upon Official Company Tax Records as filed at Companies House UK, Stock Exchange Records or other sources. Statista data is shown on the chart, refer to Statista for sources and verification.
[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Update history: This article was first posted in February 2007. It was updated in January 2020. Latest update of the Table was in June 2021.[/box]