China Waste Management Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

China Waste management market is segmented by waste type (Industrial waste, Municipal solid waste, Hazardous waste, E-waste, Plastic waste, Bio-medical waste), by Disposal methods (Landfills, Incineration, Recycling) - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024)

China Waste Management Industry Overview

China Waste Management Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 7 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Waste Management Market Analysis

The China waste management market is highly competitive and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 7% in the forecast period of 2019-2024. The people’s Republic of China was the largest market for plastics waste in 2016 which accounts for about 60% of the global imports. The G7 countries held a share of about 50% of all the exports of plastic waste to China in 2016. China is the second largest producer of waste in the world. It was a net importer of a huge amount of waste from other countries until January 2018, when the Chinese government banned the import of 24 grades of solid waste, including mixed paper and plastics. The waste industry has consumed a volume of about 211.5 tons in 2017 with the rise in the volume of 4.7% in 2017 compared to 2013. China relies heavily on the imports of recycled materials as industrial raw materials. Hence, there is huge potential for market players in this industry.

China Waste Management Industry Segments

A complete background analysis of the China waste management market, which includes an assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics is covered in the report.

By Waste type
Industrial waste
Municipal solid waste
Hazardous waste
Plastic waste
Bio-medical waste
By Disposal methods
By Type of ownership
Public - Private Patnership

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China Waste Management Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the China Waste Management Market according to our research experts:

Spotlight on the China e-waste generation and its effective management

China is the leading manufacturer and consumer of electronic products in the world that leads to huge amounts of e-waste generation. The processes involved in the treatment and recycling of the e-wastes had in the past resulted in severe adverse environmental and human health impacts in China. Thus, e-waste management in China needs wide attention to address these issues. In the recent years, central and local governments have made sincere efforts to improve the waste management China. North America is a leading exporter of electronic waste to China as well as Japan.

China leading in the generation of electronic waste in 2016 (in 1,000 metric tons)

Importance of recycling increasing rapidly all over China compared to the traditional dumping landfills

China’s private waste collectors are fast and highly efficient at recycling – sending tons of household waste back to manufacturers. Recycling in China is not subsidized by cities and is driven by the economic value of materials. If the material waste has value, it will somehow find its way to a manufacturer. Plastic, Metal, and electronics are the most recycled materials in China for which most of the enterprises both public and private keep on innovating in terms of the latest technologies to address the needs of the growing waste generated from various industries. The amount of available scrap metal has increased in China and will continue to grow in the future. Soon, China will become a net exporter of scrap metal. For instance, the annual sales of passenger vehicles sold in China had increased from nearly 10 million to 25 million from 2009 to 2018. All these cars are required to be recycled at the end of their lives. The most advanced metal scrap recycling areas are situated in the eastern coastal region from Guangzhou in the south, right up to Beijing and Tianjin in northern China. In 2015, approximately 65% of all the solid industrial waste in China was reused, yet the goal of the "Made in China 2025" plan was to increase the recycling rate by up to 79 percent by 2025.

Actual and targeted rate of solid industrial waste reuse in China according to the ""Made in China 2025"" strategic plan from 2013 to 2025 (in 1,000 metric tons)

China Waste Management Market Competitor Analysis

China exhibits huge competition in the waste management industry with many established as well upcoming players utilizing latest technologies to treat the various kinds of wastes.

Recently, the Hong Kong listed company Capital Environment Holdings Ltd. (CEHL) is committed to invest sustainably in the circular economy in Asia, the Pacific region and Europe in the interests of environmental and climate protection. As a part of China's new Belt and Road initiative, CEHL is to be active in the integrated waste management both nationally and internationally. The company already ranks among the market leaders in the People's Republic and in New Zealand. Producing energy from waste is among CEHL's core activities.

China Waste Management Market Top Players

  1. China Everbright International Limited

  2. Sembcorp Industries Ltd

  3. Veolia Environnement S.A.

  4. Capital Environmental Holdings Ltd. (CEHL)

  5. HydroThane

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

China Waste Management Market Concentration

China Waste Management Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Key Deliverables of the Study

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Trends

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porters Five Forces Analysis

    4. 4.4 Brief on Vietnamese government regulations and initiatives

    5. 4.5 Value Chain/ Supply Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Introduction

    2. 5.2 Drivers

    3. 5.3 Restraints

    4. 5.4 Opportunities

    5. 5.5 Insights on the Logisitcs support and development in the waste management industry in China

    6. 5.6 Insights on the strategies of the rising startups venturing into the Chinese waste management industry

    7. 5.7 Technological advancement and innovation in the effective waste management


    1. 6.1 By Waste type

      1. 6.1.1 Industrial waste

      2. 6.1.2 Municipal solid waste

      3. 6.1.3 Hazardous waste

      4. 6.1.4 E-waste

      5. 6.1.5 Plastic waste

      6. 6.1.6 Bio-medical waste

    2. 6.2 By Disposal methods

      1. 6.2.1 Landfill

      2. 6.2.2 Incineration

      3. 6.2.3 Dismantling

      4. 6.2.4 Recycling

    3. 6.3 By Type of ownership

      1. 6.3.1 Public

      2. 6.3.2 Private

      3. 6.3.3 Public - Private Patnership



    1. 8.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 8.2 Company Profiles

      1. 8.2.1 China Everbright International Limited

      2. 8.2.2 Sembcorp Industries Ltd

      3. 8.2.3 Veolia Environnement S.A.

      4. 8.2.4 Capital Environmental Holdings Ltd. (CEHL)

      5. 8.2.5 HydroThane*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  10. 10. APPENDIX

    1. 10.1 Statistics on the state-wise solid waste generation in urban areas


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China Waste Management Market Research FAQs

The China Waste Management Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The China Waste Management Market is valued at 7% in 2018.

China Everbright International Limited, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Veolia Environnement S.A., Capital Environmental Holdings Ltd. (CEHL), HydroThane are the major companies operating in China Waste Management Market.

China Waste Management Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the China Waste Management sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The China Waste Management research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the China Waste Management report PDF.

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