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Projected global waste management market size 2017-2025

It is projected that the global waste management market will reach 530 billion U.S. dollars in 2025, which is an increase from the 2017 market size at 330.6 billion U.S. dollars. The waste management market consists of collecting, transporting, disposing, recycling, and monitoring of waste items. In 2017, the waste management market was largely dominated by Europe , followed by the North American market. Waste collection is essential to properly managing waste, but waste services still vary widely across the world. Countries that are making efforts to move away from open dumps should look towards disposal methods that are applicable to local consumption habits.

How much waste do we throw out worldwide?

The amount of waste generated varies around the world. The United States is one of the largest producers of waste in the world generating about 2.58 kilograms per person per day in 2018. In comparison, people living in India generated about 0.34 kilograms of waste per day. Generally, those in high income countries produce much more waste than those living in lower income regions. Globally, it is expected that waste generation will increase, however, it is projected that those living in developing regions will increase their generation of waste at an even more accelerated rate.

Size of the waste management market worldwide in 2017 and 2025

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March 2019



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* Projection based on a CAGR of 6.0% between 2018 and 2025.

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