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Industrial Waste Management Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Waste Type (Construction & Demolition Waste, Manufacturing Waste, Chemical Waste, Mining Waste, Oil & Gas Waste, Agriculture Waste, Nuclear Waste, and Others), By Service (Landfill, Recycling, and Incineration) and Regional Forecasts, 2021-2028

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The global industrial waste management market size was USD 937.06 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the industry witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of -10.4% in 2020. The market is expected to grow from USD 979.60 billion in 2021 to USD 1,434.98 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.6% in the 2021-2028 period. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Rapid industrialization and urbanization are the primary factors driving the production of industrial waste. This mismanagement of the discarded goods may lead to pollution of groundwater, lakes as well as damage the wildlife and vegetation. Methods used for the management of this garbage include landfill, recycling, and incineration. Simultaneously, the focus on energy and resource recovery is also aiding the global industrial waste management market growth.

COVID-19 Pandemic Reduces Waste Generated from Industries

The COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic by WHO and it has spread in approx. 200 countries and the cases of this illness have surpassed millions. The pandemic situation has negatively impacted the industrial segment also. The supply chain got disrupted as governments across various countries have imposed travel restrictions. The import and export activities were halted and countries importing from other countries have faced a lot of issues. The nationwide lockdown has been implemented in many countries due to which the industries were closed and laborers were not available. Several industries are operating on 50% capacity. This reduces the waste generated from the industries and ultimately leads to a decline in the adoption of such services.

On the other hand, the medical waste segment is increasing widely during the pandemic. The use of disposable PPE kits, medical gloves, face masks, and other disposable materials is increasing widely in the market. In Barcelona, medical waste such as overall gloves and face masks increased by 350% which generates about 1,200 tonnes of medical waste compared to the usual waste of around 275 tonnes.

Before the COVID-19, the world was already facing challenges in the waste management sector, where 2 billion people lack access to the garbage collection whereas 3 billion people lack access to waste disposal according to UN-Habitat, 2020. However, the COVID-19 and its related social distancing measures amplify the already struggling sector.


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Increasing Focus Towards Developing Advanced Technologies

Today several developed and developing economies are widely focusing on the development of innovative technology and advancing collection solutions. The countries are developing new technologies for waste collections such as many advanced sensors are being deployed which informs garbage management companies that bins are in full need to be serviced.

E-waste management is also gaining immense popularity around the world. Kuwait is considered as the biggest per capita producer of e-waste and it uses the same landfills for both e-waste and conventional waste. Oman even has regulations to deal with e-waste. Various key technologies have been launched in many regions around the world and various effective waste management techniques have been incorporated in various countries around the world.

For instance, Dubai’s municipality is installing smart weighbridges and electronics gates at all of its garbage disposal sites to make them more sustainable. The increasing innovation and development in this industry create huge opportunities for the market during the forecast period.


Rising Number of Industries Across World to Boost Market

The demand for waste management solutions is widely increasing in developed countries. Urbanization and industrialization are widely increasing across the world. The awareness about waste management is rapidly increasing among industries along with increasing technological advancement in recycling equipment. In India, around 60% of waste was processed in the year 2020 while in 2018 only 28.57% of waste was processed.

The industrial verticals are growing with the rising number of aerospace & defense, automobiles, electronics, oil & gas, food & beverages, biotechnology, and others. With the rising number of industries, industrial scrap generation is also increasing across the globe. This rising waste is a huge concern for the people and government across many countries in the world. This creates a huge requirement for proper waste management worldwide. Thus, the demand for industrial waste management will increase during the forecast period.

Rising Need to Discard Hazardous Waste and Government Regulations to Aid Growth

Handling the scrap that is difficult to discard is a major challenge that requires a proper management system. The disposable income of the consumer is increasing, the early disposing of the usable products led to increasing wastage. The volume of hazardous waste from industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and healthcare is increasing, thus, increasing demand for waste management in the market.

The government across many countries has mandated several rules and regulations for the industries to follow the use of industrial waste management. The rising environmental problems are also a matter of concern for the government and they are extensively working to find ways to eradicate such garbage and scrap. In October 2019, Pratt Industries mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio opened and they will process 180,000 tons of mixed paper in its first year of operation. They will steadily increase to 360,000 tons in 10 years. The waste disposed from the industries to the surroundings creates issues for all living things and needs proper management. Thus, driving the waste management market growth during the forecast period.


High Cost of Waste Management to Hamper Market Growth

The excess products released from industries can be recycled but the recycling of such scrap is very costly and small and medium-sized industries are not able to invest such amounts for waste management. As of 2021, the Americas generate nearly 250 million tons of trash every year and they recycled 34% of the total waste. There are many countries which have presented a lot of small and medium-sized local industries which generate a lot of scrap materials but they are not able to spend a huge amount for properly managing such waste. Some of the regions in the world even lack the infrastructure to sustain garbage collection and hence hamper the growth of this market during the forecast period.


By Waste Type Analysis

Construction And Demolition Waste Segment Dominates Global Market

The global market is segmented based on waste type and services.

Based on waste type, the global market of industrial waste management is segmented into Construction and demolition waste, manufacturing waste, agriculture waste, chemical waste, mining waste, oil & gas waste, nuclear waste, and others.

The construction and demolition segment dominates the market during the forecast period. Infrastructure development is rapidly increasing around the world which leads to rising construction activities around the world.

In Abu Dhabi, 42% of total solid waste is generated in construction and demolition waste. According to the Building Material Promotion Council, India generates an estimated 150 million tons of construction and demolition scrap every year. Such a huge amount of waste is a matter of concern and needs to be managed properly. This drives growth in the construction and demolition segment during the forecast period.

Manufacturing industry waste is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. Industrialization is widely increasing in many countries and the excess scrap produced from manufacturing plants can be hazardous to the environment as dumping of such waste into the surrounding can lead to pollution of air and water. In 2019, 5% of the manufacturing sectors’ production-related waste generated was released into the environment. However, the rest was managed through treatment, recycling, and others.

Mining waste is also increasing immensely around the world due to increasing mining activities worldwide. Mining generates a lot of scrap that cannot be dumped directly into the surroundings as the waste is harmful to the ecosystem. The waste generated from mining consists of large quantities of dangerous substances and includes material such as topsoil overburden, tailings, and waste rocks. In 2019, around 95% of the total waste generated from the metal mining sector’s production-related waste was disposed of or released.

By Service Analysis

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Growing Industrialization across Globe Will Drive Growth of Industrial Segment

In terms of service, the market is segmented into landfills, recycling, and incineration.

The landfill segment is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period. The awareness about the environment is widely increasing around the world. A landfill is a pit in which solid scrap is filled in layers. It is compact in size ,  and is kept covered for final disposal. Landfill helps in preventing groundwater pollution as it ultimately impacts the environment and human life. The landfill provides an effective disposal method if managed well. In 2018, about 146.1 million tons of municipal solid scrap was landfilled. The demand for landfills is extremely increasing in the world and this drives growth rate during the forecast period.

Recycling garbage is expected to contribute significantly to the global market during the forecast period. Rising awareness among consumers and industries about the benefits and sustainable advantages of recycling waste is anticipated to surge the key market growth over the coming years.

Incineration is another excellent method for the disposal of industrial wastes. The major advantage of incineration is, it can burn up to 90% of the total scrap generated and sometimes even more. Hence, it makes waste management easier. Most of the hazardous biomedical and chemical waste is disposed of by incineration.


Asia Pacific Industrial Waste Management Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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Geographically, the industrial waste management market has been analyzed across five key regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

Asia Pacific region is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period. In 2020, the region was valued at USD 320.85 billion. The population of the Asia Pacific region is very high as compared to other regions. The expansion of several industries is also increasing in this region which generates a huge amount of excessive leftover. In the region, China is producing a large amount of waste and its government is taking serious steps on pollution. To manage the growing volume of waste in this region, the demand for industrial waste management is increasing in this region.

North America is likely to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The awareness regarding environmental impact is widely increasing among people in this region. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the dumping law has been changed in this region. The U.S. government charged USD 7,500 per person for illegal dumping and burning of waste. The rising amount of industrialization and related activities increase garbage generation. The government is taking various initiatives to manage such waste properly. Thus, drives growth in the North America region during the forecast period.

The Middle East and Africa region are likely to contribute significantly to the growth of the market. The industrial sector is booming in this region which creates a high volume of waste and to handle such scrap, governments are focusing on improving the waste management market. The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has released a decision on regulating the export and transit of hazardous waste shipments across the UAE border. This drives growth in this region during the forecast period.


Suez, Veolia Environnement, and Waste Management Inc. are Amongst Leading Players in Market

The global market for industrial waste management is highly fragmented due to the presence of a large number of players. Several key players across the global market are increasingly participating in organic & inorganic developments to solidify their market position globally. Most of the companies concentrate on expanding their waste management capacities by introducing new plants or expanding the existing ones.

In June 2020, the Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC) opened its first construction and demolition waste recycling plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant recycles nearly 20 million tonnes of waste, which are dumped in vacant plots and  5 million tonnes of waste, which are  disposed of in illegal landfills or old sites. In October 2018, Waste Management Energy Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., opened a new Solids and Liquids Injection Facility, designed for the safe disposal of oilfield wastes.


  • Suez (France)

  • Veolia Environment (France)

  • Waste Management Inc.(U.S.)

  • Stericycle (U.S.)

  • Remondis (Germany)

  • Daiseki Co. Ltd. (Japan)

  • Clean Harbors (U.S.)

  • Biffa (U.K)

  • Covanta Energy (U.S.)

  • SembCorp (Singapore)

  • Republic Services, Inc. (U.S.)


  • In November 2020 – Mumbai's only biomedical waste incineration plant has been started to shift out of the city and is expected to complete the process by February 2022.

  • In May 2018 – Sembcorp Environment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries sold its medical waste treatment division to TEE Medical Services, for USD 20 million. Sembcorp’s medical waste division specializes in the treatment and disposal of bio-hazardous and pharmaceutical waste.


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The global industrial waste management market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies and leading waste type, and services of the product. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market growth trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the advanced market over recent years.

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By Waste Type, By Service, and By Region

By Waste Type

  • Construction & Demolition Waste

  • Manufacturing Waste

  • Chemical Waste

  • Mining Waste

  • Oil & Gas Waste

  • Agriculture Waste

  • Nuclear Waste

  • Others

By Service

  • Landfill

  • Recycling

  • Incineration

By Region

  • North America (By Waste Type, By Service, By Country)

    • U.S. (By Service)

    • Canada (By Service)

  • Europe (By Waste Type, By Service, By Country)

    • Germany (By Service)

    • U.K. (By Service)

    • France (By Service)

    • Spain (By Service)

    • Italy (By Service)

    • Rest of Europe (By Service)

  • Asia Pacific (By Waste Type, By Service, By Country)

    • China (By Service)

    • India (By Service)

    • Japan (By Service)

    • Southeast Asia (By Service)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Service)

  • Latin America (By Waste Type, By Service, By Country)

    • Brazil (By Service)

    • Mexico (By Service)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Service)

  • Middle East and Africa (By Waste Type, By Service, By Country)

    • South Africa (By Service)

    • GCC (By Service)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Service)

Frequently Asked Questions

As per Fortune Business Insights study, the global industrial waste management market was USD 937.06 billion in 2020.

The global industrial waste management market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% in the forecasted period.

The industrial waste management market size of Asia Pacific stood at 320.85 billion in 2020.

Based on waste type, the construction & demolition waste segment is holding the dominant share in the market

The global market size is anticipated to reach USD 1,434.98 billion by 2028, growing at a substantial CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period (2021 -2028).

Based on service, the landfill segment is holding the dominating share in the market.

Rapid industrialization along with growing concerns about proper treatment and disposal of hazardous industrial waste are the factors driving the growth of the market.

The major players in the market are Suez, Veolia Environnement, and Waste Management Inc., among others.

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