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Rear Loader Trucks Market Size - By Fuel (Electric, Gasoline, Diesel), By Technology (Manual, Automatic, Semi-Automatic), By Capacity (Below 10 Tons, 10-20 Tons, Above 20 Tons), By End-User Industry & Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI9495
  • Published Date: May 2024
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Rear Loader Trucks Market Size

Rear Loader Trucks Market size was valued at USD 5.6 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 3% between 2024 and 2032. The market growth is driven by urbanization and industrial growth worldwide, along with stringent regulatory requirements aimed at proper waste management and environmental sustainability. Industries generate large amounts of waste, necessitating efficient disposal solutions and leading to significant demand for rear loader trucks.

Rear Loader Trucks Market

Governments and municipalities are investing heavily in waste management infrastructure and modernization of their waste collection fleets leading to market growth for rear loader trucks. Government initiatives and public-private partnerships for electrification of their fleets can significantly contribute to the growth of market. For instance, in July 2023, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality released TXVEMP Grant for repowering eligible vehicles and equipment with electric models, along with supporting infrastructure. The total estimated funding is USD 87 million for replacing vehicles and equipment operating in Texas. The grant is targeting urban communities representing over 70% of the Texas population.

Companies operating in the market are launching new fully electric trucks to cater to its growing demand in the rear loader trucks market. For instance, in October 2023, Battle Motors launched LNT BEV Curbtender QuantumMD 11yd, a rear loader fully electric refuse truck that shows zero-emission fleet solutions. The truck has a range of up to 210 miles with a three-hour charge and peak power of 570 hp. The vehicle also has exclusive in-cab technologies including digital dash powered by RevolutionOS™, an API which combines analytics with operations like real-time routing and messaging to manage the vehicle and deliver rich decision-making data.

Rear loader trucks are typically more expensive compared to other types of garbage trucks, such as front loaders or side loaders. The high initial investment required is a barrier for smaller municipalities or private waste management companies, limiting their ability to adopt these vehicles. Also, these trucks are less maneuverable than other types of garbage trucks, especially in tight urban areas or residential neighborhoods with narrow streets. This can lead to operational challenges and potential damage to the vehicles or surrounding property.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Trends

Innovations in rear loader truck design, such as improved compaction systems, automated lifting mechanisms, and onboard telematics to enhance operational efficiency, productivity, and safety. Automation and robotics technologies are increasingly integrated into rear loader trucks to smoothen the waste collection processes. Automated lifting mechanisms, robotic arms, and grabbers enable trucks to autonomously lift and empty waste bins, reducing the manual labor required by operators and improving productivity.

Rear loader trucks manufacturers are breaking new ground in the refuse truck industry around integration of new technologies in their trucks. For instance, in February 2023, McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company continues to innovate within the waste management sector around connected solutions, electrification technologies and autonomy. The company is coming up with new technology to transform the manufacturing process of refuse collection vehicles on a large scale.

The company ramped up production on the modern manufacturing line. The high flow line features various Industry 4.0 technologies including autonomous robotics, a cloud-based manufacturing execution system (MES) and connected tooling. The company has initial focus on building Mcneilus rear loader products.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Analysis

Rear Loader Trucks Market Size, By Fuel, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on fuel, the market is divided into electric, gasoline and diesel. The diesel segment accounted for a market share of over 60% in 2023 and is expected to exceed USD 4.5 billion by 2032. Rear loader trucks are used for heavy-duty waste collection tasks, including collecting, and compacting solid waste and bulky items. Diesel engines provide the power and performance needed to handle these demanding applications effectively.

Diesel fuel provides a longer driving range compared to alternative fuels, which is advantageous for waste collection routes that cover large geographical areas. Additionally, diesel fuel is widely available, ensuring uninterrupted operations for waste management fleets.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Share, By End-User Industry, 2023

Based on end-user industry, the rear loader trucks market is categorized into municipal corporations, private waste management companies, construction companies, recycling companies and others. The municipal corporations segment accounted for around 51% of the market share in 2023. Efficient waste collection services contribute to community satisfaction and quality of life.

Municipal corporations prioritize reliable waste collection operations to meet residents' expectations and enhance overall community well-being, driving demand for rear loader trucks as essential tools for municipal waste management. Furthermore, municipal corporations in urban and suburban areas rely on rear loader trucks for curbside waste collection services. The maneuverability of rear loader trucks allows them to navigate tight streets and narrow alleyways, making them indispensable for waste collection in densely populated areas.

Asia Pacific Rear Loader Trucks Market Size, 2022 -2032, (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific held a significant market share of around 40% in the global rear loader trucks market in 2023, owing to the increasing government initiatives aimed at improving waste management infrastructure and environmental sustainability contribute to market growth for rear loader trucks. Investments in smart cities, waste-to-energy projects, and urban renewal programs create opportunities for rear loader truck manufacturers and suppliers. Also, major countries in Asia Pacific including China, India, and Japan are experiencing rapid urbanization, driving demand for waste management solutions, including rear loader trucks, to support growing urban populations and infrastructure development projects.

Environmental regulations in the U.S. mandate proper waste management practices and encourage the adoption of advanced waste collection technologies, including rear loader trucks with emission control systems and fuel-efficient engines, to minimize environmental impact. Municipalities and local governments in the U.S. award contract for waste management services through public procurement processes. Competitive bidding and drive demand for rear loader trucks among waste management companies looking for municipal contracts.

European Union (EU) policies and initiatives promote the transition to a circular economy, emphasizing waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery. Rear loader trucks play a crucial role in waste collection and recycling efforts, driving rear loader trucks market demand in Europe.

Government initiatives aimed at improving waste management infrastructure and environmental sustainability contribute to market growth for rear loader trucks in MEA. Also, governments in the region are looking to procure rear loader trucks for various purposes, such as waste management, sanitation services, infrastructure projects, or other public works initiatives.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Share

Heil Environmental and McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing held a significant market share in the rear loader trucks industry in 2023. Heil Environmental focuses on collaborating with municipalities and waste management companies, which helps the company to understand market needs and tailor its rear loader trucks to specific requirements. By forming strategic partnerships, the company also co-develops solutions, secure contracts, and gain access to new customers and markets.

McNeilus invests heavily in research and development of advanced technologies to differentiate McNeilus's rear loader trucks and drive innovation. This includes incorporating digitalization, telematics, and automation solutions to improve fleet management, optimize operational efficiency, and enhance customer value proposition.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Companies

Major companies operating in the rear loader trucks industry are:

  • Heil Environmental
  • Labrie Enviroquip Group
  • Marathon Equipment
  • McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing
  • New Way Trucks
  • Petersen Industries
  • Precision Truck Bodies
  • Scrapper Industries
  • Thrust Products
  • Wastequip

Rear Loader Trucks Industry News

  • In April 2024, CSCTRUCK sent 10 rear-loader garbage trucks to Uganda. The truck will provide an efficient solution to the country’s garbage collection and disposal problems. The trucks are equipped with modern technology, which makes them effective in their operation. Also, these trucks have a large capacity and are equipped with hydraulic systems that help with the collection and compaction of waste.

The rear loader trucks market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of revenue (USD Billion) and shipments (Units) from 2021 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Fuel

  • Electric             
  • Gasoline                         
  • Diesel 

Market, By Technology

  • Manual
  • Automatic
  • Semi-automatic

Market, By Capacity

  • Below 10 tons
  • 10-20 tons
  • Above 20 tons

Market, By End-User Industry

  • Municipal corporations
  • Private waste management companies
  • Construction companies
  • Recycling companies
  • Others

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

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America 
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Aishvarya Ambekar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of rear loader trucks reached USD 5.6 billion in 2023 and is set to witness 3% CAGR from 2024 to 2032, owing to the urbanization and industrial growth, along with stringent regulatory requirements aimed at proper waste management and environmental sustainability worldwide.

The diesel segment held over 60% share in 2023, due to their usage in heavy-duty waste collection tasks, including collecting, and compacting solid waste and bulky items.

Asia Pacific market accounted for 40% share in 2023, attributed to increasing government initiatives aimed at improving waste management infrastructure and environmental sustainability in the region.

Heil Environmental, Labrie Enviroquip Group, Marathon Equipment, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, New Way Trucks, Petersen Industries, Precision Truck Bodies, Scrapper Industries, Thrust Products, and Wastequip, are some of the major rear loader trucks companies worldwide.

Rear Loader Trucks Market Scope

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