Waste Management Global Industry Outlook

The global waste management market was valued at $492 billion in 2016. This includes both hazardous and non-hazardous waste

  • The market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 3–4 percent to $508 billion by 2017
  • Regions such as Western Europe, North America and some parts of Asia Pacific (APAC), including Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, have high market maturity
  • APAC and parts of Latin America (LATAM) are expected to be the potential growth markets for WM services by 2020

Waste Management Global Market Maturity 

Waste management market maturity is still very low outside of Europe, and North America. This is due to the lack of stringent adoption of WM services 

  • A long-term waste management contract is somewhere between a 10–25 year period
  • APAC and LATAM are witnessing a gradual transition towards proper WM services due to efforts by large global buyers to consolidate supply bases

Waste Management Industry Trends 

Increasing levels of sustainable disposal of waste and adoption of integrated strategies on a global scale signal are increasing buyer maturity and willingness to partner with suppliers. Suppliers are also improving their supply capabilities while adopting performance-based metrics for evaluation and monitoring of performance

  • LATAM is far behind North America with respect to all growing trends. Stringent measures are being adopted to streamline waste disposal in a legal and sustainable method across LATAM

Europe has targeted to achieve the circular economy model across all types of waste. The rate of technology adoption is high across Europe 

  • APAC is in the nascent stage across most industry trends, and it has a huge growth potential in the coming years, mainly in regulatory change and revenue-generating opportunity trends 


Currently adopted by very few buyers, but there are discrepancies due to the lack of regulatory knowledge and local industry power.
dopted by many buyers but possible to implement through effective contract management. Multiple Waste Stream Outsourcing Should adopt a service provider who is competent in all services procured from them. Widely preferred model by medium- and large-sized buyers to achieve a balance between cost and quality. Total WM Outsourcing The risk of having one single service provider for all services is high if the required compliances and expected service levels are not met. Top global players have the required compliances/licenses across their regions of service. Upcoming model to leverage cost savings and achieve economies of scale. In-house + Single Waste Stream Model Not cost-efficient, and the quality of service is not assured. Currently not adopted by organizations due to very low cost-effectiveness. In-house + Multiple Waste Stream Model Less cost-efficient, and there are risks of service level discrepancies. Manageable type of waste categories can be retained in-house, and the rest can be bundled and outsourced

waste-management-market-analysisBuyers need to evaluate the current level of integration (in terms of services and geographies) to understand the effective shift/change in level of integration • Optimum integration ensuring high/key spending  waste services, and geographies are initially  integrated followed by less significant services and geographies (in a phased structured manner) • Analyse the scope of synergy among  services/geographies leading to efficient waste disposal and cost savings

Service and geographical capabilities of the service provider need to be mapped with current/future requirements of the buyer •Expertise in executing TWM/integrated contracts is essential and can ensure that challenges (operational and strategic) are overcome •Given the nature of the relationship in integrated contracts, local authority support of service providers is critical in ensuring the success of the contract •Effective subcontractor management by the service provider to ensure required service delivery across services/geographies

waste-management-marketWaste management brokers are prevalent across the globe with strong local presence in there area of operations. Generally, brokers collect or dispose or recycle some other person’s waste•In case of the UK, waste brokerage is a multi-million pound business, but the lucrative market is neglected by the waste operators •In the US, waste brokerage market is gaining momentum in the recent few years •Brokers are existing right from the day waste management commenced, and the momentum for waste brokerage has started to increase these daysA waste broker wins the business with his client or waste generator, does waste auditing/consulting, identifies the clearances to be procured/purchased, prepares a waste disposal execution plan, decides on the types and number of waste management suppliers to engage with, prepares the documentation, waste management execution, and invoicing


services and geographies (in a phased structured manner) • Analyse the scope of synergy among  services/geographies leading to efficient waste disposal and cost savings