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Saudi Arabia Industrial Hazardous Waste Management Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Service (Incineration, Landfilling, and Recycling), By City (Riyadh, Jeddah, Rabeigh, Dammam, Sudair, and Rest of Saudi Arabia) Country Forecast, 2023-2030

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The Saudi Arabia industrial hazardous waste management market size was valued at 5,334.6 thousand tons in 2022. The market is projected to grow from 5,507.9 thousand tons in 2023 to 7,010.3 thousand tons by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.51% during the forecast period.

Industrial hazardous waste management refers to the systematic handling, treatment, and disposal method of hazardous waste generated by industrial activities. It encompasses processes such as waste characterization, storage, transportation, treatment, and final disposal, focusing on minimizing environmental impact, and ensuring public health and safety.


COVID-19 Outbreak Caused a Slowdown in Waste Management and Services

COVID-19 or the coronavirus pandemic halted manufacturing and trade potential. However, the this pandemic crisis have affected numerous industries in different ways, such as the shutdown of domestic industrial operations, disruptions in value chains, halt on international transactions to market the products, unavailability of new orders, inaccessibility to raw material, shortage of operating staffs, and others.

Accordingly, the aftermath of this outbreak has immediately affected the Saudi Arabia industrial hazardous waste management market growth. The hindrance in the industrial activities due to strict COVID-19 restrictions affected the market. The market experienced a very slow growth in the region during the pandemic and is anticipated to grow due to a surge in industrial activities in the country. Moreover, the industries are planning to increase their production activities. For instance, Saudi Aramco plans to expand its production capacity to 13 metric million barrels per day (MMbopd) by 2027, leading to the increased production of industrial hazardous waste in the country.


Increasing Industrialization Activities to Create Huge Opportunity

Saudi Arabia offers significant industry opportunities for industrial hazardous waste management. The country's industrial sector has experienced rapid growth, leading to increased hazardous waste generation. This presents a pressing need for effective waste management solutions. Another opportunity lies in the development of consulting and advisory services. With the growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship, companies in Saudi Arabia require expert guidance on hazardous waste management practices. Consulting firms can offer expertise in conducting waste audits, developing waste management plans, and implementing best practices to minimize environmental impact.

Overall, the industrial hazardous waste management sector in Saudi Arabia presents lucrative opportunities for investment, technology transfer, and the development of specialized services to ensure sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.

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Increasing Urbanization and Growing Proper Waste Handling Awareness to Create Demand for Waste Treatment Facilities

Several key factors drive the demand for industrial hazardous waste management in Saudi Arabia. Firstly, the country's rapid industrialization and economic growth have led to an increase in industrial activities, resulting in a higher generation of hazardous waste. The need to manage and dispose of these wastes safely and comply with environmental regulations fuels the demand for specialized waste management services. Secondly, industries have growing awareness about the potential risks and liabilities associated with improper handling and disposal of hazardous waste. This awareness and stringent environmental regulations have created a strong incentive for companies to seek professional waste management solutions to mitigate these risks and ensure legal compliance. This set to drive the growth in Saudi Arabia industrial hazardous waste management market.

Favorable Government Initiative Regarding Industrial Hazardous Waste Will Drive the Market

As per the International Trade Administration, waste management is a top priority for Saudi Arabia. More than 106 million tons of waste will be treated by 2035 due to rapid industrialization, high population growth, and fast urbanization. The major sources of industrial hazardous waste include construction and demolition waste, mining, mineral processing, and agricultural facilities.

In 2021, the country introduced a new waste management law regulating waste transport, segregation, storage, import, and export. For instance, industrial hazardous waste transporters must use the transportation confirmed by the National Waste Management Center (NWMC). Moreover, to reduce the carbon intensity and amount of waste generated from the industry, the Saudi Aramco company strives to reduce by building strategic collaboration companies to treat waste, recycle metals, and recycle plastics and rubber. This will provide the players with unique solutions and technologies in waste management and recycling.

The country's increasing oil and gas production activities will also increase the industrial hazardous waste in the coming years. For instance, Saudi Aramco, one of the country's largest exploration and production companies, aims to achieve its production capacities of 13 million barrels per day (MMbopd) by 2027 from 12 million barrels per day (MMbopd) with a series of offshore and onshore projects. Moreover, the country plans to expand its gas production capacities led by the USD 100 billion Jafurah Unconventional Programme and achieve 50% growth in its gas production capacities by 2030.


High Cost to Treat Industrial Waste to Restrain Market Growth

 Waste management requires high investment and has high capital costs. The development of landfills, incinerators, and recycling machinery contributes to the country's major capital cost of waste management systems. Moreover, the industrial hazardous waste transportation cost is high as it requires special training and expertise from the transport company carrying the waste away.

Hazardous waste companies must adhere to strict handlers and driver training regulations. For instance, these drivers and handlers must undergo Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials (HazMat) training and dangerous goods training to transport the hazardous waste. The average hazardous waste handling training cost per employee may vary from USD 2000 to USD 3,000. 

Moreover, in the country, the transportation cost of hazardous waste also varies from USD 65 to USD 200 per drum; however, it depends on the company, types of waste, and volume of hazardous waste. Thus, to reduce these costs or minimize the transportation fees, work with the company that owns and operates its trucks to dispose of and collect industrial hazardous waste.


By Service Analysis

Landfill service is the Dominating Segment Owing to its Cost-Effectiveness in Treating Waste

By service, the industrial hazardous waste management market is trifurcated into landfill, incineration, and recycling.

The growing industrial activities, such as the installation of huge plants and infrastructure, are leading to the growth of the industrial waste management market. Landfilling industrial hazardous waste method is the dominating method in Saudi Arabia owing to its simplicity and the cost-cutting method for industrial waste management. The government and private sectors are building partnerships with the waste management technology providers in order to  provide cost-effective solutions.

Recycling segment is also growing due to several advantages as recycled products and raw materials, such as solvents that can be reused from the paint thinners, the recycled materials can be used as a raw materials which will reduced the cost .

Saudi Technology Development & Investment Company (TAQNIA) and other regulatory bodies are trying to achieve a sustainable environment and are planning to invest and commercialize the R&D facilities.

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By city, the industrial hazardous waste management market analysis is done across Riyadh, Jeddah, Rabeigh, Dammam, Sudair, and the Rest of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is a major generator in the industrial hazardous waste management. The rising factor for industrial waste is due to the increasing industrial infrastructure and growing urbanization. Riyadh City has become the major generator of industrial waste. Multiple projects are being carried out in the region and in the GCC waste management market, which also creates boom in industrial production, and hence industrial waste management becomes a priority to keep the environment safe.

Several authoritative bodies are trying to overcome the challenges in industrial hazardous waste management, such as the Ministry of Environment, Water, & Agriculture (MEWA), the National Center for Waste Management (MWAN), the National Center for Environmental Compliance (NCEC), and Riyadh Municipality.

Jeddah city is a major commercial hub in the Middle East and is the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia. Industrial hazardous waste management is becoming a priority for the city due to the lack of technologies and management, this creates the need for better waste management, therefore, propelling the market growth. Considering the dominant waste management scenario, the Jeddah government continuously seeks ways to develop the city’s industrial infrastructure.


Key Participants in the Market Witnessing Significant Growth Opportunities

Saudi Arabia industrial hazardous waste management market share is highly competitive, with several key players vying for Saudi Arabia's industrial hazardous waste management market share. Companies such as Saudi Environmental Projects Company, Suez Environment Saudi Arabia, and Advanced Petrochemical Company dominate the industry with comprehensive waste management solutions. These companies offer various services, including waste collection, treatment, disposal, and regulatory compliance assistance. The market is characterized by stringent environmental regulations, increasing demand for sustainable practices, and the adoption of advanced technologies to ensure safe and efficient waste management solutions.

List of Key Companies Profiled:

  • Veolia (France)

  • Eastern Awtad Environmental Solution (Saudi Arabia)

  • BIOSI (Saudi Arabia)

  • EPCO (Pro Envo) (Saudi Arabia)

  • Al Sharif Group Holding (Saudi Arabia)

  • SAFA Environment (Saudi Arabia)

  • Lana Medical Company (Saudi Arabia)

  • Averda (UAE)

  • SEPCO Environment (Saudi Arabia)


  • May 2023 – Urbi, an urban technology provider launched its Urbi CityLens, developed for city management. The new solutions offer comprehensive services for managing multiple aspects, including waste management.

  • November 2022 – Averda and Abdullah University of Science of Technology (KAUST) have signed a contract for waste management that will provide a sustainable way to manage university waste and obtain a zero-waste goal by 2025.

  • March 2022 - To handle the medical waste generated during the pandemic, an agreement was signed between Tesalys and Sama Environmental Services to promote sustainable healthcare waste management in Saudi Arabia.

  • January 2022 - One of the Al-Sharif Holding Group companies, Sama Environmental Services Co., signed an agreement with Tesalys's Targeting to improve the healthcare industry's waste management system and promote the "non-burn" infective waste management systems in the region of Saudi Arabia.

  • September 2021 – Saudi Arabia has published a Law regarding waste management titled “Waste Management Law”. The new law focuses on regulating the transport, serration, storage,  and other activities of total waste from disposal & municipal solid waste.


The report provides detailed market analysis and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, market sizing, competitive landscape, service types, porters five forces analysis, and leading applications of the product. Besides, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the above factors, the report encompasses several factors that contributed to the market's growth in recent years.

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.51% from 2023 to 2030


Volume (Thousand Tons)


By Service

  • Incineration

  • Landfilling

  • Recycling

By City

  • Riyadh

  • Jeddah

  • Rabigh

  • Dammam

  • Sudair

  • Rest of Saudi Arabia

Frequently Asked Questions

The Fortune Business Insights study shows that the Saudi Arabia Industrial Hazardous Waste Management market was 5,334.6 thousand tons in 2022.

The market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 3.51% in the forecasted period.

Based on the service, the landfilling segment dominates the Saudi Arabia market.

The Saudi Arabia market size is expected to reach USD 7,010.3 thousand tons by 2030.

The key market drivers are increasing technological advancement & laws on managing the waste generation.

The top players in the market are Veolia, SEPCO Environment, Eastern Awtad Environmental Solution (estedama), Averda, and others.

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