Revenues of leading UK waste management service companies 2018

In 2018, the so called “Big Five” of the waste management services industry (Veolia, Biffa, Suez, Viridor and FCC) dominated the market in terms of revenue, with a combined 4.8 billion British pounds generated. 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.

Ownership types

Of the 20 leading waste management services working within the UK, revenues from UK listed waste companies amounted to approximately 2.7 billion British pounds in 2018. However, it was foreign listed companies that accounted for the lion’s share of revenue, at just under 7 billion British pounds.

Energy-from-waste operators

  Energy-from-waste is the process of converting non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste into energy. In 2017, the operator with the largest market share of energy-from-waste (EfW) incinerators in the UK was Veolia, at 21.5 percent. This was followed by Viridor and Suez, at 20 and 17.7 percent respectively.

Leading waste management service companies by revenue in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017/2018

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September 2018


United Kingdom

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