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Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Size By Source (Residential, Commercial), By Treatment (Open Dumping, Disposal {Landfill, Recycling, Incineration/Combustion, Composting & AD}), By Material (Paper & Paperboard, Metals, Plastics, Food, Glass) Forecast, 2023-2032

  • Report ID: GMI4568
  • Published Date: Jan 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Size

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market size exceeded USD 117 billion in 2022 and is projected to expand at more than 3.3% CAGR from 2023 to 2032.

A shift from traditional garbage dumping techniques to sustainable and innovative waste disposal models will augment industry expansion. The demand for clean energy has elevated in recent years owing to the need to limit the impacts of climate change. This has led to the utilization of waste as a source of renewable energy wherein waste-to-energy plants burn municipal solid waste (MSW) and convert it into steam which further helps generate electricity through generator turbines.

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market

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Technological innovations in waste-to-energy generation would transform the municipal solid waste management industry. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, waste-to-energy plants can reduce around 2000 pounds of garbage into ash that weighs nearly 300-600 pounds. The process also lowers the volume of this waste by approximately 87%.

Lack of awareness regarding the benefits of waste management across developing nations would impact the industry to some extent. Several undeveloped countries across Africa and Asia are unaware of garbage treatment and disposal systems. As these systems require high initial investments, they are experiencing lower adoption rates across such countries. However, initiatives to spread awareness regarding the benefits of MSW management systems to improve living standards and health concerns may advocate business progression in the coming years.

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Analysis

Municipal solid waste management market from the disposal treatment segment is estimated to attain approximately 3% gains between 2023 and 2032. Municipal waste management practices are now moving from open dumping areas to the use of sustainable recycling activities. Open dumping systems have taken a back seat in most developed countries on account of their environmental impact. Lower-income countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia generally rely on open dumping model, with about 93% of their waste is dumped in open landfills. Strict legal requirements and regulatory practices in several countries should influence industry development.


Europe Municipal Solid Waste Management Market, By Source, 2022, (Million Tonnes)
Application Market Size, 2022
Residential 2,896
Commercial 1,422
Total 4,318

Municipal solid waste management market from the commercial source segment is slated to observe nearly1.5% growth rate through 2032. Robust expansion of the service sector and rapid urbanization in emerging economies will drive the deployment of commercial waste management solutions. The need to meet consumer demand has led businesses to grow their production capacity which has consequently ramped up the generation of waste from the commercial sector. Construction of new production plants as well as commercial spaces will propel the need for advanced MSW management techniques in the years to come.


Municipal solid waste management market size from the paper & paperboard material segment is predicted to witness over 2% CAGR through 2032. There is an increase in paper waste generated impelled by the greater use of organic and paper & paperboard materials in the lower middle- and low-income nations. As per reports, paper makes up nearly 26% of landfills and 33% of municipal waste across the world. Offices across the United States use almost 12.1 trillion sheets of paper in a year. Rising public awareness regarding sustainable waste management techniques and an increase in funding for the creation of cutting-edge paper waste recycling solutions are set to fuel business growth.


Municipal Solid Waste Management Market By Region

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Europe municipal solid waste management market is poised to register at more than 3.5% growth rate between 2023 and 2032. This growth is attributed to the implementation of favorable regulatory policies. The region is steadily shifting from primitive collect and dump model and has constructed large-capacity treatment facilities for recycling. Several binding regulations have been stated by the European authorities related to recycling and garbage management. For instance, as per the European Environment Agency, almost 60% of the MSW generated needs to be recycled or prepared for reuse by 2030. This is one of the regulations under the Waste Framework Directive that needs to be followed by every EU Member State individually.

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Share

Top companies operating in the municipal solid waste management market are

  • Cleanaway
  • China Everbright Environment Group Limited
  • Sims Limited
  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation
  • Waste Connections
  • Biffa
  • Covanta Holding Corporation
  • SUEZ
  • Keppel Seghers
  • Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.
  • OMNI Conversion Technologies, Inc.
  • Recology
  • Clean Harbors, Inc.
  • Stericycle
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Veolia.

Mounting demand for renewable energy as well as the better disposal and treatment of municipal solid waste will encourage companies to launch new products and services and grow their business operations. In August 2022, Covanta Holding Corporation purchased the California-based environmental management firm Biologic (Biologic Environmental Services & Waste Solutions) to provide all-inclusive trash management services and help broaden its geographic reach into new local markets.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the demand for waste management systems due to large amounts of medical waste generated during the course of the outbreak. The garbage management and disposal practices were upgraded on account of the increasing pressure on the systems. Solution providers have started focusing on bridging gaps and improving garbage management systems. The pandemic has motivated companies to develop new solutions that reduce the risk of virus transmission through waste as well as tackle the issues faced during the health crisis.

The municipal solid waste management market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of “MT” & “USD Million” from 2019 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market Insights, By Source

  • Residential
  • Commercial
    • Hospitals
    • Offices & Institutions
    • Hotels
    • Others

Market Insights, By Treatment

  • Open Dumping
  • Disposal
    • Landfill
    • Recycling
    • Incineration/Combustion
    • Composting & AD

Market Insights, By Material

  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Food
  • Glass
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Sweden
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • Bulgaria
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Australia
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Qatar
    • UAE
    • Nigeria
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Mexico


Authors: Ankit Gupta, Abhishek Chopra

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of municipal solid waste management crossed over USD 117 billion in 2022 and is forecasted to observe over 3.3% gains through 2032.

The commercial waste segment is anticipated to record 1.5% growth rate between 2023 and 2032 due to rise in the construction of new industrial and commercial space across emerging economies.

The Europe market is poised to witness 3.5% CAGR through 2032 owing to the implementation of beneficial regulatory policies and waste treatment units.

China Everbright Environment Group Limited, Sims Limited, Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Waste Connections, Biffa, Covanta Holding Corporation, and Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.

Municipal Solid Waste Management Market Scope

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  • Companies covered: 16
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