The Waste Management Sector in the UK & Ireland has an total annual turnover of £10 billion, employing some 75,000 people. With global and regional carbon reduction targets, investment in infrastructure and technologies continues to improve efficiencies and change the way waste is managed in an ever increasingly populated society. As a highly regulated sector, the regulations, industry collaboration, competency schemes and enforcement activities all combine to shape an essential service utilised by both domestic and commercial customers.

The Recycling Sector includes the Dismantling and Recovery normally for the purposes of obtaining secondary raw materials. Typical organisations and processes include:

The Waste Management Sector includes sewage treatment and disposal, waste collection, treatment and disposal, and remediation activities, as well as other services. Typical organisations and processes include: