Waste Management Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Waste Management Industry Trends & Analysis and It 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) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA).

Waste Management Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Waste Management Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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The Global Waste Management Market is expected to register a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period.

Rapidly growing economies, urbanization and the increasing population have led (materially intensive) to an increase in the resource consumption, and consequently the release of large amounts of waste into the environment. Observing from a global perspective, current waste and resource management lacks a holistic approach which covers the whole chain of product design, raw material extraction, production, consumption, recycling and waste management. A scarcity of land for the effective waste disposal and focus on the energy and resource recovery is driving the market growth. On the other hand, lower sustainability in waste management and low importance towards waste management are restricting market growth. In addition, the rise in the purchase of recyclable products is providing immense opportunities for market growth. The growth of the global waste management market is driven by an increase in the adoption of proactive government measures to reduce illegal dumping.

COVID-19 impacted the waste management industry from the focus of segment shift; as during lockdown, the residential segment generated more amount of waste as compared to industrial and commercial centres, as industries and offices were partially or completely shut. However, reviving economies and resuming production activities along with start of vaccination drives in numerous countries will increase the amount of waste generation and lead to re-initiation of waste recycle industry and waste management companies at their full-scale capacity.

Waste Management Market Trends

Spotlight on the Construction and Demolition waste management systems

At present, Construction and Demolition waste across worldwide is growing healthily whose management involves various activities such as - monitoring, collecting, transporting, recycling and disposing of the waste generated during construction, renovation or demolition of buildings or any other infrastructure. It assists in minimizing and re-using waste materials such as concrete, soil, wood, glass, plastic, cardboard and metal during construction activities. Unlike residential waste, construction and demolition waste materials are inert, heavy and non-biodegradable. Hence, regulatory authorities require commercial facilities for sorting, treating and filtering these materials before they can be re-used or decomposed. Increased construction and demolition activities are catalyzing the demand for the construction and demolition waste management worldwide. Construction and demolition activities produce large amounts of concrete, wood, plastic and metal waste. As improper disposal of these materials results in the emission of GHGs, environmental degradation, and deterioration of the overall health of people, the adoption of construction and demolition waste management practices has been gaining popularity all over the world.

Waste Management Market: Largest Waste Producing Countries Worldwide per Capita: In Metric Tons, Global, By Country, 2019

Growth in Global Waste

There is a generation of 2.01 billion tons of municipal solid waste per year at the global level, with at least 33% of that-extremely conservatively-not managed in an environmentally safe manner. Worldwide, waste generated per person per day averages 0.74 kilograms but ranges widely, from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms. Though they only account for 16 percent of the world's population, high-income countries generate about 34 percent, or 683 million tons, of the world's waste.

In many countries, solid waste management operations are a local responsibility, and nearly 70% of countries have established institutions with responsibility for policy development and regulatory oversight in the waste sector. About two-thirds of countries have created targeted legislation and regulations for solid waste management, though enforcement varies drastically.

Global waste is expected to grow to 3.40 billion tons by 2050, greater than double population growth over the same period. Overall, there is a positive correlation between waste generation and income level. Daily per capita waste generation in high-income countries is anticipated to increase by 19% by 2050, compared to low- and middle-income countries, where it is expected to increase by approximately 40% or more. The total quantity of waste generated in low-income countries is expected to increase by greater than three times by 2050.

Waste Management Market: Projected Generation of Municipal Solid Waste: Value in billion Metric Tons,Worldwide, 2016-2050

Waste Management Industry Overview

The global waste management market is highly competitive with many players focused on the innovative technologies to recycle and reuse the waste generated across various industries and households across the globe. There are also several startups coming up in the industry that are continuously focusing on waste reduction following the Zero Waste -  3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) philosophy.

Waste Management Market Leaders

  1. Clean Harbors

  2. Biffa

  3. Covanta Energy

  4. Daiseki Co., Ltd.

  5. Hitachi Zosen Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Waste Management Market Concentration
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Waste Management Market News

  • February 2021: Biffa group announced the acquisition of Company Shop Group ('CSG'), the UK's leading and largest redistributor of surplus food and household products.
  • October 2020: Waste Management completed its acquisition of all outstanding shares of Advanced Disposal, following the receipt of required regulatory approvals. The previously announced purchase price of USD 30.30 per share in cash represents a total enterprise value of USD 4.6 billion when including approximately USD 1.8 billion of Advanced Disposal's net debt.

Waste Management Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Insights into Technological Advancements and Innovation in Effective Waste Management

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

    4. 4.4 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Insights on Strategies of Rising Startups Venturing into the Global Waste Management Industry

    6. 4.6 Spotlight on Market Trends

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value and Volume)

    1. 6.1 By Waste type

      1. 6.1.1 Industrial waste

      2. 6.1.2 Municipal solid waste

      3. 6.1.3 E-waste

      4. 6.1.4 Plastic waste

      5. 6.1.5 Biomedical and Other Waste Types

    2. 6.2 By Disposal methods

      1. 6.2.1 Landfill

      2. 6.2.2 Incineration

      3. 6.2.3 Recycling

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Middle East & Africa

      5. 6.3.5 Latin America



    1. 8.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 8.2 Company Profiles

      1. 8.2.1 Biffa Group

      2. 8.2.2 Clean Harbors, Inc.

      3. 8.2.3 Covanta Holding Corporation

      4. 8.2.4 Veolia Environment SA

      5. 8.2.5 Waste Connections

      6. 8.2.6 Remondis AG & Co. Kg

      7. 8.2.7 Suez Environment S.A.

      8. 8.2.8 Daiseki Co. Ltd

      9. 8.2.9 Waste Management Inc.

      10. 8.2.10 Republic Services

      11. 8.2.11 Averda*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  10. 10. APPENDIX


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Waste Management Industry Segmentation

The Waste Management (or waste disposal) market includes the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This includes the collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste, together with monitoring and regulation of the waste management process.

The Global waste management report offers a complete background analysis of the Global 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. The report also covers the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

The report 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) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA). For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (tons) and value (USD billion).

By Waste type
Industrial waste
Municipal solid waste
Plastic waste
Biomedical and Other Waste Types
By Disposal methods
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East & Africa
Latin America
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Waste Management Market Research FAQs

The Global Waste Management Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Clean Harbors, Biffa, Covanta Energy, Daiseki Co., Ltd. and Hitachi Zosen Corporation are the major companies operating in the Global Waste Management Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Global Waste Management Market.

The report covers the Global Waste Management Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Waste Management Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

The segments of the Waste Management Market are a) Waste Type: Industrial waste, Municipal solid waste, Hazardous waste, E-waste, Plastic waste, Bio-medical waste b) Disposal Methods: Landfills, Incineration, Recycling

The major regulatory trends impacting the Waste Management Industry are a) Promoting waste prevention and boosting recycling and reuse b) Focus on compostable and biodegradable materials

Waste Management Industry Report

The global waste management market is experiencing significant growth due to increasing urbanization, industrialization, environmental concerns, and the adoption of sustainable waste management practices. Driven by technological advances and the shortened life cycle of electronic products, the market is seeing an increase in e-waste. However, the market faces challenges such as the absence of a necessary framework for the collection and segregation of waste and the high cost of recycling plastic compared to producing new plastic. Despite these challenges, opportunities lie in the growing adoption of construction and demolition materials in urban areas with rising construction projects. The e-waste segment is leading the market, with the landfill segment expected to be the largest market by service type and the residential segment anticipated to be the largest by end-user. The market is segmented based on waste type, service type, end-user, and region. Proactive government measures to reduce illegal dumping and an increase in the adoption of waste-to-energy incineration and recycling techniques are driving the growth of the global waste management market. However, the high cost of procuring and operating waste management solutions is expected to hamper the market growth. The industrial waste segment is anticipated to dominate the global market in terms of revenue during the study period, with the disposal segment expected to register the highest CAGR. The global waste management market is highly competitive, with many players focusing on innovative technologies to recycle and reuse waste. According to Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports, the Waste Management market share, size, and revenue growth rate statistics include a market forecast outlook and a historical overview. A sample of this industry analysis is available as a free report PDF download.

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Waste Management Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)