Treated well: Continued growth in consumer spending is expected to further raise demand for industry services

Demand for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry is highly correlated with consumer spending, as the vast majority of waste generated in the United States stems from consumer products and packaging. As unemployment has declined and incomes have risen over the five years to 2017, consumer spending has increased steadily, driving growth in industry revenue. Rising consumer spending has also led to an increase in manufacturing output, increasing demand for the handling of hazardous waste, which is the industry's largest service segment. Over the five years to 2022, continued growth in consumer spending is anticipated to further raise demand for industry services, despite sustained gains expected in recycling...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Recycling has been on the rise, diverting a growing portion of waste away from industry landfills
  • Municipal landfills generally do not accept hazardous waste
  • A continued revival in industrial activity will be particularly beneficial for the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Hazardous waste treatment and disposalHazardous waste treatment and disposal services are the industry's largest segment. Although the majority of waste generated in the United States stems from the disposal of nonhazardous consumer products, municipal landfills often do not accept hazardous waste. As a result, most hazardous waste is handled by the private sector, and this segment deals with less competition from public entities. Hazardous-waste sites are separate from solid waste landfills; these sites handle substances that are dangerous to public health and require significant oversight to run properly. In fact, very few new hazardous-waste incinerators or hazardous-waste landfills have opened for operation in the United States over the past decade. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and Value of private nonresidential construction in the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry?

    This industry owns and operates waste treatment or disposal facilities, including waste combustors (waste-to-energy plants), solid waste landfills and compost dumps. Many companies in this industry also provide waste collection and hauling services and are also included in the Waste Collection Services industry (see IBISWorld report 56211).

    Industry Products
  • Solid waste landfill
  • Hazardous waste treatment and disposal
  • Waste-to-energy plants
  • Industry Activities
  • Composting
  • Treating and disposing of hazardous waste material
  • Operating incinerators or combustors for hazardous and nonhazardous waste
  • Treating and disposing of radioactive waste
  • Disposing of sludge
  • Operating solid waste landfills and local hauling of nonhazardous solid waste
  • Operating waste-to-energy plants that produce steam and electricity
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • Value of private nonresidential construction
  • Consumer spending
  • Number of households
  • Local and state government investment

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand on the rise
  • Renewable energy on the horizon
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Waste volume recovery
  • Waste-to-energy on the rise
  • Integrating recycling operations
  • Table: Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission
  • Waste Collection Services
  • Recycling Facilities
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Remediation & Environmental Cleanup Services
  • Waste Collection Services

  • Products & Services
  • Hazardous waste treatment and disposal
  • Solid waste landfill
  • Waste-to-energy plants
  • Other
  • Chart: Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Volume of waste
  • Disposal and diversion of waste

  • Major Markets
  • Commercial customers
  • Industrial customers
  • State and local government
  • Federal government
  • Residential
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Waste Treatment & Disposal Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Waste Management Inc., Republic Services Inc., Waste Connections Inc., Covanta Holding Corporation, Stericycle,
  • Table: Waste Management Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Republic Services Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Waste Connections Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Covanta Holding Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Stericycle - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Waste Treatment & Disposal Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Hazardous Waste
  • Waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment; typically including carcinogenic, flammable, oxidant, corrosive, toxic, explosive or radioactive materials.
  • Leachate
  • Leachate is generated from liquids existing in the waste as it enters a landfill or from rainwater that passes through the waste within the facility.
  • Tipping Fees
  • Fees charged to customers for depositing trash into landfills.
  • Waste-To-Energy (Wte)
  • Creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration of waste.
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