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Medical Waste Management Market Size By Type of Waste (Hazardous, Non-hazardous), By Service (Collection, Transportation & Storage Services, Treatment and Disposable Services, {Incineration, Autoclaving, Microwaving}, Recycling Services), By Waste Generator (Hospitals, Laboratories and Research Centres, Nursing Homes), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI4178
  • Base Year: 2019
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry trends

Medical Waste Management Market size was valued at USD 9.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to witness 6.2% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.

Medical Waste Management Market

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Effective waste management is essential for hospitals as medical waste can be environmentally hazardous and pathogenic. It is estimated that China generates around 650,000 tons of medical waste every year, and this amount is predicted to grow at a faster rate due to COVID-19 impact worldwide.

Increasing volume of biomedical waste propels the business growth

Medical waste is majorly generated through various disease treatments and diagnostics. Out of the total waste generated from healthcare activities around 85% of waste is non-hazardous. Similarly, about 15% of waste is hazardous, that can be toxic and infectious, causing severe health problems. According to the WHO, in 2018, over 16 billion injections were administered globally that further needs proper as well as effective processing for safe disposal of medical waste. Thus, increasing the need for safe disposal of injections to avoid any health crises, augments the medical waste management market progression.

Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a significant rise in the amount of medical waste including needles, syringes, infectious waste, pathological waste and others. However, lack of awareness regarding health hazards associated with medical waste may hinder the market growth.

Medical Waste Management Market Size

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Increasing amount of non-hazardous medical waste in healthcare facilities will foster the segmental expansion

Non-hazardous waste segment was valued at over USD 7 billion in 2019. Several service providers in the North American region are providing non-hazardous waste services for effective disposal of medical waste.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a rapid rise in the amount of non-hazardous medical waste such as disposable wipes and empty disinfectant containers from hospitals that propels the medical waste management market expansion. Moreover, various guidelines imposed by federal authorities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have special guidelines regarding disposal of COVID-19 medical waste. These guidelines make the medical waste management process simple and easier, that leads to the increasing adoption of medical waste management.

Treatment and disposable services segment is anticipated to upsurge the market growth

The treatment and disposable services accounted for around 28% revenue share in 2019. Treatment facilities are further bifurcated into incineration, autoclaving and microwaving among others. Incineration is among the most widely used treatment method, as it is considered one of the oldest forms of treatment. Also, about 90% of infectious medical waste is disposed of by incineration process.

Incineration is the only method used for pathological waste such as recognizable tissue and body parts that enhances the segmental demand. Furthermore, adoption of innovative technologies for treatment services along with surged volume of medical waste due to coronavirus outbreak will further drive the segmental market growth. 

Medical Waste Management Market Share

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Hospitals segment will dominate the market due to increasing volume of medical waste generated

The hospitals waste generation contributed over 30% market share in 2019. Hospitals are the major generators of medical waste due to the maximum number of surgeries performed in hospital settings. Furthermore, majority of needles and syringes are used in hospitals that lead to increasing generation of biomedical waste. Moreover, it is anticipated that hospitals will generate more amount of medical waste than usual due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Increasing generation of medical waste during the coronavirus will lead to a rise in volume of hazardous waste. Healthcare professionals are at more risk of getting infected as they are exposed to hazardous medical waste. Thus, the demand for effective medical waste management services will increase in order to avoid the contact of healthcare staff from hazardous waste.

Presence of leading industry players in North America proves beneficial for the regional market growth

North America medical waste management market is expected to witness around 5.5% CAGR during 2020 to 2026. Healthcare providers are adopting innovative technologies for the treatment of COVID-19 biomedical waste processes. Increasing technological advancements will lead to increase in demand for effective medical waste management processes, thereby fostering the market growth.

The presence of key market players along with well-established healthcare facilities will propel the U.S. market growth. Moreover, rising awareness for proper medical waste management in the country will propel the regional market expansion. 

Increasing adoption of new guidelines by prominent industry players for proper disposal of medical waste

Some of the prominent players operating in the medical waste management market share include Biomedical Waste Solutions, Clean Harbors, Daniel Sharpsmart, Republic Services, Stericycle, Suez Environmental Services, US Ecology, Veolia Environmental Services, Waste management and Triumvirate Environmental.

  • BioMedical Waste Solutions adopted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to effectively dispose the medical waste. OSHA has well established procedure for dealing with medical waste hazards.
  • Stericycle is following CDC guidelines based on packaging of medical waste during COVID 19. These guidelines will help the company to simplify procedures for COVID 19 medical waste packaging. 

The medical waste management market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Type of Waste

  • Hazardous
  • Non-hazardous

By Service

  • Collection, transportation & storage services
  • Treatment and disposable services
    • Incineration
    • Autoclaving
    • Microwaving
    • Others
  • Recycling services
  • Others

By Waste Generator

  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories and research centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE


Authors: Sumant Ugalmugale, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of medical waste management exceeded USD 9.5 billion in 2019.

The industry share of medical waste management is projected to expand at 6.2% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.

The North American market will witness around 5.5% CAGR during 2020 to 2026.

The non-hazardous waste segment was valued over USD 7 billion in 2019, according to this research report.

The treatment and disposable services accounted for around 28% revenue share in 2019.

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  • Published Date: Apr 2020
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 248
  • Countries covered: 16
  • Pages: 235

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