Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2023 - 2028)

Gulf Cooperation Council Waste management market is segmented by waste type (Industrial waste, Municipal solid waste, Hazardous waste, E-waste, Plastic waste, and Bio-medical waste), by Disposal methods (Collection, Landfills, Incineration, and Recycling), by Country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Rest of GCC).​ The report offers Market size and forecasts for the Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

GCC Waste Management Market Size

GCC Waste Management Market Summary
Study Period: 2019- 2028
CAGR: 7.73 %

Major Players

GCC Waste Management Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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GCC Waste Management Market Analysis

The size of the Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market is USD 9.89 billion in the current year and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 7.73% during the forecast period.

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council region has witnessed rapid population and urbanization growth coupled with a substantial increase in the standards of living in the past decade. This led to increased waste generation and requires effective practices to tackle the waste in an eco-friendly manner. Waste to Energy is the latest trend being followed in almost all of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Especially in United Arab Emirates, specialized recycling centers and solid waste conversion plants have been set up in the past to address waste management issues.
  • The United Arab Emirates has long back become a member of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (1990). The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has issued a decision on regulating the transit and export of hazardous waste shipments across the United Arab Emirates border. The ban includes the transport of hazardous wastes by sea, land, or air within the country without the written permission of the Ministry, which is in line with the Basel Convention.
  • Electronic waste (e-waste) management is currently a priority, especially in economically developing nations, because improper waste disposal leads to economic loss and negative impacts on the environment and public health. E-waste generation in this region is rapidly expanding because of improving standards of living, urban growth, access to technological improvements, changing customer preferences, and many other factors.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia produces around 15 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) each year with an average daily rate of 1.4 kg per person. With the current growing population (3.4% yearly rate), urbanization (1.5% yearly rate), and economic development, the generation rate of MSW will become double (30 million tons per year) by 2033. The major ingredients of Saudi Arabian MSW are food waste (40-51 %), paper (12-28 %), cardboard (7 %), plastics (5-17 %), glass (3-5 %), wood (2-8 %), textile (2-6 %), metals (2-8 %), etc. depending on the population density and urban activities of that area. In Saudi Arabia, MSW is collected and sent to landfills or dumpsites after partial segregation and recycling. The major portion of collected waste ends up in landfills untreated. The landfill requirement is very high, about 28 million m3 per year.

GCC Waste Management Industry Segmentation

Waste management involves the processes of waste collection, transportation, processing, as well as waste recycling or disposal. The prime objective of waste management is to reduce the number of unusable materials and to avert potential health and environmental hazards.

The report provides a comprehensive background analysis of the Gulf Cooperation Council Waste management market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates, and detailed information on various segments and the competitive landscape of the industry. Additionally, the COVID-19 impact has been incorporated and considered during the study.

Gulf Cooperation Council Waste management market is segmented by waste type (Industrial waste, Municipal solid waste, Hazardous waste, E-waste, Plastic waste, and Bio-medical waste), by Disposal methods (Collection, Landfills, Incineration, and Recycling), by Country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Rest of GCC).​ The report offers Market size and forecasts for the Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Waste Type
Industrial Waste
Municipal Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste
Plastic Waste
Bio-medical Waste
By Disposal Method
By Country
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of GCC

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GCC Waste Management Market Trends

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

Increasing E-waste Generation in Gulf Cooperation Council Region

E-waste needs to be effectively treated in GCC as there is minimal or zero legislation on e-waste with slight differences within the counties. Kuwait being one of the biggest per capita producers of e-waste uses the same landfills for both conventional and e-waste. Bahrain operates only one landfill for the entire country. Yet, several recycling initiatives are in place aimed at separating plastics, metals, and paper. However, there is no comprehensive law on e-waste management in the GCC region yet. Saudi Arabia contains the biggest total amount of e-waste among the GCC countries. There are private companies, initiatives, and Non-Profit-Organizations currently working on e-waste recycling, but there is a lack of a properly regulated system in place.

Oman on the other hand does not have regulations or facilities to deal with e-waste, but the country has recently stated the realization of a need for it. Qatar has also recognized the need to address the waste management issue, but no concrete actions have been taken recently. In recent days, the most advanced momentum regarding e-waste of all GCC countries can be found in the UAE. In some waste management centers, there are facilities where e-waste is classified and sorted out specifically. The UAE government is presently developing regulations and facilities for sound e-waste recycling. Meshary Al-Qweizani, director general of Sector Development for the National Center for Waste Management (MWAN), on February 2023, said that 82% of all types of waste dumps would be excluded in Saudi Arabia by 2035.

As seen, in many GCC countries the need for e-waste legislation is widely recognized. E-waste management provides an opportunity and a huge potential in the entire Middle East, primarily due to a few following reasons. First, e-waste management is a source of employment for both highly skilled and unskilled workers. This could help to transfer employment from the public to the private sector, which is a goal of many Gulf countries. Second, e-waste recycling can also minimize costs, as less landfill space is being used. In Bahrain, the only existing landfill is expected to reach its capacity in the next years and poses furthermore health risks for the population as it is close to urban areas.

Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market- Electronic waste generation worldwide

Rapid Urbanization Driving the need of Waste Management in Gulf Cooperation Council Region

As the populace rises, so does the quantity of waste generated. With expanded urbanization and industrialization, industrial leftovers, and e-waste are also growing. The COVID-19 pandemic has created heaps of medical waste. The surging quantity of liquid waste and illegitimate discarding of hazardous waste in water bodies impacted aquatic life and augmented the eutrophication of water bodies, resulting in water-body poisoning and making it undrinkable. Hence the need for waste management services over the study period is expected to increase in the Gulf Cooperation Council regions.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will have to invest between USD 60 billion and USD 85 billion across four value streams plastic, concrete and cement, metal, and bio-waste - over the next two decades to achieve regional waste management targets, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) said in a new report on October 2022. The investments will cover design, collection, sorting, and recycling investment across these four key waste streams. 

Currently, the GCC generates between 105 and 130 million tonnes of waste per annum, primarily from municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, and agricultural waste. Saudi Arabia and the UAE account for nearly 75 percent of all these wastes. By 2032, Saudi government is aiming to generate about half of its energy requirements (about 72 GW) from renewable sources such as solar, nuclear, wind, geothermal and waste-to-energy systems.

The Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), in the recent years it has completed all procedures to acquire a 100 percent stake in Global Environmental Management Services (GEMS) from Jadwa Waste Management Opportunities Fund, which is managed by Jadwa Investment. The completion of the acquisition marks the latest milestone in SIRC's mission to pioneer solutions that support the recovery of resources through recycling and reduce the diversion of waste to landfills, in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 program.

Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market-  Degree of urbanization in Gulf Cooperation Council,

GCC Waste Management Industry Overview

The Gulf Cooperation Council waste management market is moderately fragmented and highly competitive with many players present in the market. There are many players in the market involved in recovering, recycling, and exporting waste. In the entire region, UAE stands out to have few organized players that manage waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Saudi Arabia is the next big market following UAE in the region while Kuwait and Bahrain are catching up with newer technology companies to deal with their waste efficiently. Some of the major players in the market are Averda, EnviroServe, Blue LLC, and Envac.

GCC Waste Management Market Leaders

  1. Averda

  2. EnviroServe

  3. Blue LLC

  4. Saudi Investment Recycling Company

  5. Envac

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

GCC Waste Management Market Concentration

GCC Waste Management Market News

  • October 2022: Marafiq (an integrated utility service provider), started construction of a new state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant at the Jeddah Airport II. The project capacity is 300,000 m3/d of sewage treatment, expandable up to 500,000 m3/d.
  • September 2022: Qatar’s Public Works Authority, Ashghal, awarded a USD 1.48 billion public-private partnership contract. This contract involves the development, design, build, finance, and procurement of a 150,000 cubic meter per day sewage treatment work. In addition, the project was awarded to a consortium comprising Metito, Al Attiyah Motors and Trading Co., and Gulf Investment Corp.

GCC Waste Management Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Brief on Government Regulations and Initiatives

    6. 4.6 Insights on the Logistics Support and Development in the GCC Waste Management Industry

    7. 4.7 Spotlight on Waste Management Contracts

    8. 4.8 Insights on Waste Recycling in the GCC (Regional Trends, Recycled Materials)

    9. 4.9 Insights on Technological Advancements and Innovation in Effective Waste Management

    10. 4.10 Brief on Waste Management Equipment Providers

    11. 4.11 Insights on Waste Generated by Category (Hospitals, Buildings, Construction, Hotels etc.)

    12. 4.12 Impact of COVID 19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Waste Type

      1. 5.1.1 Industrial Waste

      2. 5.1.2 Municipal Solid Waste

      3. 5.1.3 Hazardous Waste

      4. 5.1.4 E-Waste

      5. 5.1.5 Plastic Waste

      6. 5.1.6 Bio-medical Waste

    2. 5.2 By Disposal Method

      1. 5.2.1 Collection

      2. 5.2.2 Landfills

      3. 5.2.3 Incineration

      4. 5.2.4 Recycling

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.3.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.3.3 Kuwait

      4. 5.3.4 Qatar

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of GCC


    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Averda

      2. 6.2.2 EnviroServe

      3. 6.2.3 Suez Middle East Recycling LLC

      4. 6.2.4 Green Mountains

      5. 6.2.5 Veolia

      6. 6.2.6 Blue LLC

      7. 6.2.7 Envac

      8. 6.2.8 SEPCO Environment

      9. 6.2.9 Wasco

      10. 6.2.10 Saudi Investment Recycling Company

      11. 6.2.11 Dulsco Waste Management Services

      12. 6.2.12 Bee'ah

      13. 6.2.13 Power Waste Management and Transport LLC

      14. 6.2.14 Al Haya Enviro

      15. 6.2.15 Bin-Ovation

      16. 6.2.16 United Waste Management Company

      17. 6.2.17 Kuwait Waste Collection and Recycling Company*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


  9. 9. APPENDIX

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GCC Waste Management Market Research FAQs

The Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.73% over the next 5 years.

Averda, EnviroServe, Blue LLC, Saudi Investment Recycling Company, Envac are the major companies operating in Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Market.

Gulf Cooperation Council Waste Management Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 GCC Waste Management market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. GCC Waste Management analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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