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UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies

The UK Waste Management Top 20 Companies are listed below for 2019/2020 (with their revenues in millions GBP).

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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:

RankCompanyRevenue £m/yr
1.Veolia Environmental Services1,602
2.Biffa Group1,091
3.Viridor (Pennon Group)853
4.Suez Environnement UK767
5.FCC Environment (FCC)676
6.Amey Environmental (Ferrovial)336
7.DS Smith Recycling UK285
8.Enva Group (DCC)210
9.Renewi (Shanks Group)168
10.Serco Waste Management160
11.Mick George158
12.Day Group148
13.Reconomy (UK)146
14.Tradebe Environmental Services126
15.Cory Riverside Energy118
16.Grundon Waste Management118
18SRCL (Stericycle)102
19.Hills UK101
20.Palm Recycling85

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:

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.”
… Find more statistics at Statista

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

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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 in 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 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

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 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

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 employees 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 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.

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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.

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 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]

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    When I see figures for companies I always like to look at turnover. What is so surprising is that Veolia Environmental Services is such a lot bigger than the next largest, which is the Biffa Group. One wonders how they got there. There is a story worth telling in that, I’m sure. Thanks for the info.

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