Global Waste Management Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Global 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) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA). The report offers market size and forecasts for global waste management market in volume (tons) and value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Waste Management Market Overview
Study Period:

2017- 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


5 %

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Market Overview

The global waste management market was valued at USD 2,080 billion in 2020 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period (2021 – 2026). 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.

Scope of the Report

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
Bio-medical waste
By Disposal methods
North America
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East

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Key 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 Share

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United States is leading in the volume of the municipal solid waste generated across the globe

Although the United States represents just 4% of the global population, it accounts for 12% of global municipal solid waste generation.

The total generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2018 was 292.4 million tons, which was approximately 23.7 million tons more than the amount generated in 2017.  This is an increase from the 268.7 million tons generated in 2017 and the 208.3 million tons in 1990. Per capita MSW generation increased from 4.5 pounds per person per day in 2017 to 4.9 pounds per person per day in 2018.

Of the MSW generated, approximately 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted. Together,  almost 94 million tons of MSW were recycled and composted, equivalent to a 32.1% recycling and composting rate. An additional 17.7 million tons of food were managed by other methods. In addition, nearly 35 million tons of MSW (11.8%) were combusted with energy recovery and more than 146 million tons of MSW (50%) were landfilled.

Paper and paperboard products made up the largest percentage of all the materials in MSW, at 23.1% of total generation. Generation of paper and paperboard products declined from 87.7 million tons in 2000 to 67.4 million tons in 2018. Food waste comprised the fourth largest material category, estimated at 63.1 million tons or 21.6% of total generation in 2018.

As of 2020, there were more than 12,000 businesses in the U.S. waste collection services industry, employing more than 200,000 people. The market has many opportunities for companies to penetrate and establish their business.

Waste Management Market Growth By Region

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Competitive Landscape

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.

Recent Developments

  • In 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.
  • On 30 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.

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 Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Value Chain/ Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Technological Advancements

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    6. 4.6 Insights on the strategies of the rising startups venturing into the global waste management industry

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Waste Management Market

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

    1. 5.1 By Waste type

      1. 5.1.1 Industrial waste

      2. 5.1.2 Municipal solid waste

      3. 5.1.3 E-waste

      4. 5.1.4 Plastic waste

      5. 5.1.5 Bio-medical waste

    2. 5.2 By Disposal methods

      1. 5.2.1 Landfill

      2. 5.2.2 Incineration

      3. 5.2.3 Recycling

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. U.S.

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. UK

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 LAMEA

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle East

        3. Africa


    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Biffa Group

      2. 6.2.2 Clean Harbors, Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Covanta Holding Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Daiseki Co. Ltd.

      5. 6.2.5 Hitachi Zosen Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Remondis AG & Co. Kg

      7. 6.2.7 Suez Environment S.A.

      8. 6.2.8 Veolia Environment S.A.

      9. 6.2.9 Waste Management Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Republic Services Inc.*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


  9. 9. APPENDIX


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Waste Management Market market is studied from 2017 - 2026.

The Global Waste Management Market is growing at a CAGR of 5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

  • Clean Harbors
  • Biffa
  • Covanta Energy
  • Daiseki Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Are the major companies operating in Global Waste Management Market.

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