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UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies

The UK Waste Management Top 20 companies are listed below for 2017/2018 (with their revenues in millions GBP).

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Summary company background information for the top 5 UK waste management companies is also provided below.

Veolia Environmental Services is clearly the largest UK Waste Management Top 20 company in terms of revenue by a considerable margin.

Veolia is followed closely by Biffa Group, Suez Environnement UK, Viridor (Pennon Group), and FCC Environment (FCC) which make up the rest of 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

UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies.

“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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The UK Waste Management Top 20 companies are also listed (again) below, with their revenue in millions GBP (Useful if you want to cut-and-paste these companies into your own list):

RankCompanyRevenue £m/yr
1.Veolia Environmental Services1,500
2.Biffa Group1,076.7
3.Suez Environnement UK798
4.Viridor (Pennon Group)788.9
5.FCC Environment (FCC)670.4
6.Amey Environmental (Ferrovial)336
7.DS Smith Recycling UK283.8
8.Renewi (Shanks Group)176.4
9.SRCL (Stericycle)166
10.Enva Group (DCC)148
11.Serco Waste Management145
12.Kier Environmental Services131.8
13.Mick George131.4
14.Reconomy (UK)130
15.Cory Riverside Energy123.5
16.Grundon Waste Management114.4
17.Tradebe Environmental Services107
18Hills UK93.2
20.VSaica Natur UK84

Essential Company Details for the Top 5 of our UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies

A woman points to a board full of top UK 20 Waste Company logos.

The top 5 UK Waste Management Company rankings have changed considerably over the last 10 years. This original image from this page during the late 2000s showed Biffa with the top position. Veolia, now top, was then only in 3rd place. (Click on image to enlarge.)

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 WasteBiffa 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

Waste and recycling services provider SITA UK was rebranded as SUEZ Environnement in March 2015), adopting ‘a new position’ in the management of resources.SITA UK, the UK division of the global SUEZ Environnement Group, joined the other subsidiaries within the group in operating under a single name. Image: The new logo adopted across SITA UK’s waste vehicles and promotional material in the UK in 2015. The firm will become the Recycling and Waste Recovery UK division of SUEZ Environnement, with changes to branding on vehicles and the company website to be phased in over the next two years. Until now, the group’s activities have been organised around two ‘key’ areas – water and waste. But SUEZ Environnement will now take a more resource-focused approach across these two sectors. The group hopes the move will simplify its multi-brand structure, with SUEZ Environnement currently operating in more than 70 countries around the world across in excess of 40 different brands. via 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 PLCViridor (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

With activity throughout Europe, Africa, North and South America, FCC is one of the world's largest environmental services companies. More than 36,000 FCC employess worldwide interact with citizens on a daily basis, and focus on constantly increasing sustainability. via 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 was updated from the original 2006 post in April 2018, and again in January 2020. 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 turnover and plus 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.

Do give the Waster feedback about these UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies if you think we have it wrong! Just click on the “Comments” link below and tell us what you think. All our UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies are ranked based upon Statista data, refer to Statista for sources and verification.

Update history: This article was first posted in February 2007. It was last updated in January 2020.
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