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The global waste management market, valued at $1,612.0 billion in 2020, is expected to reach $2,483.0 billion by 2030, with a growth rate of 3.4 percent from 2021. In 2020, 2.01 billion tons of waste were generated worldwide, with significant contributions from North American and European countries, such as Canada, which produces 1,325,480,289 tons of waste annually, or 36.1 tons per capita, and Bulgaria, with an estimated 26.7 tons per capita. The United States, which generated 258 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2017, is also a major contributor. Waste generation is expected to increase by 70 percent to 3.40 billion tons by 2050, with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia expected to account for 35 percent of the global total.

Currently only 13.5 percent of waste is recycled globally, and this problem is being addressed by international organizations such as the World Bank, which has allocated more than $4.7 billion between 2000 and 2018 for more effective waste management. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on waste generation in Italy, with a decrease of more than one million tons by 2020, leading to 28.9 million tons of domestic municipal waste. Italy also experienced changes in import-export dynamics, with both imported waste (21.6 percent more than in 2019) and exported waste (13 percent more than in 2019) increasing. Special waste generation in Italy also increased between 2018 and 2019, mainly nonhazardous waste from construction and demolition. Overall, the waste management sector is evolving with innovation and sector convergence aimed at promoting the circular economy and addressing the global increase in waste generation.

Trends and analysis of the Italian waste management market

The Italian waste management market is a rapidly evolving sector that has been growing steadily in recent years. The proliferation of waste, driven by increased consumption and the adoption of more capitalist models by developing countries, has had a significant impact on waste generation. In Italy alone, municipal waste reached about 30 million tons in 2019, with Italian citizens producing about 500 kilograms of waste per year. Central Italy boasts the highest waste production per capita, at about 550 kilograms per inhabitant, followed closely by northern Italy with about 520 kilograms and southern Italy with about 450 kilograms. Both the volume of waste and investment in waste management activities have shown an upward trend, with significant increases of between 5 percent and 7 percent in waste managed and more than 4 percent in investment recorded in 2019.

As for the Italian market, there is a promising trend in waste recycling and separate collection activities, which should offset the increase in waste generation. This is partly due to innovations aimed at enhancing the recycling capabilities of waste management companies and sectoral convergence toward a circular economy model. Disaggregating the types of waste generated, special waste stands out, with about 154 million tons produced in Italy in 2020.

In particular, nonhazardous waste makes up the majority of this, especially waste from construction and demolition activities, accounting for nearly half of the total special waste. Waste management services have also seen a shift in revenue, particularly collection and treatment/disposal services, which recorded billions of euros in revenue. Italy's waste exports and imports reflect an intricate picture: most exports consist of mechanically treated waste and secondary solid fuel, while imports consist mainly of glass and plastic waste.Italy appears to be an active participant in the global waste management trade. The rapid growth of special waste generation, particularly from construction and demolition, places Italy at a crossroads, necessitating robust management and recycling strategies.

Key players in the waste management landscape

Several significant entities have emerged in the dynamic waste management sector, each playing a key role in advancing the industry, both in Italy and globally. Advances and innovations in this sector are the result of the collaboration of these market players. Here is an overview of some of the key participants highlighted in the excerpts above.

  • Veolia Environment S.A.: Headquartered in France, Veolia is a global leader in optimized resource management. With a strong presence on all continents, the company has always been at the forefront of offering water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to sustainable development. Veolia is known for its commitment to innovation and has been instrumental in several large-scale waste recycling and recovery programs around the world.
  • SUEZ: Another global giant based in France, SUEZ is a major player recognized for its expertise in water and waste management services. The company caters to both municipalities and industries, helping to recycle and recycle waste to protect natural resources and bear the sustainability label. SUEZ emphasizes the transition to a circular economy and is actively engaged in the treatment of all types of waste, from municipal to hazardous waste.
  • Waste Management, Inc. : North America's leading provider of integrated environmental solutions, Waste Management Inc. is one of the largest contributors to waste management solutions in the region. With a strong position in the North American market, the company is involved in a wide range of services, including waste collection, landfills, recycling, and renewable energy production, aimed at a more sustainable future.
  • Republic Services, Inc. : one of the leading providers of environmental services in the United States, Republic Services offers comprehensive solutions including home collection, waste disposal and recycling services. it is recognized for its focus on customer-centered disposal and recycling services and for being an environmentally responsible organization.
  • Stericycle : Specializing in waste solutions for healthcare organizations, Stericycle is known for its services that safeguard people and brands, promote health, and protect the environment. Because healthcare waste management requires strict adherence to regulations and high safety standards, Stericycle has built a reputation by ensuring compliant waste disposal and innovative solutions to complex healthcare waste issues.
  • Covanta Holding Corporation : Covanta is an international operator of waste-to-energy facilities. Its contribution is to convert about 21 million tons of waste into enough energy to power more than 1 million homes per year. it is particularly well known for offering services that provide a
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1 Market Summary

1.1 Definition and presentation

The term "waste management" refers to the set of policies, procedures and methodologies by which waste is managed from its generation to its final destination. The different stages involved are: collection, transportation, recycling and disposal.

We distinguish three categories of waste:

-Municipal waste

-Special waste

-Hazardous municipal waste

Globally, the waste management market is growing very rapidly as even developing countries, moving closer to the capitalist model, produce more and more garbage. According to the WAS Report, an annual report by WAS - Waste Strategy, companies involved in waste collection, treatment and disposal recorded an increase in waste managed of 6.4 percent and investments of +4.1 percent in 2019.

As for the Italian market, municipal waste, which accounts for the majority of waste in percentage terms, was about 30 million tons in 2019. Each Italian citizen therefore produced about 500 kilograms of annual waste. With respect to per capita value, the highest average values are in Central - Italy (548 kilograms per inhabitant) compared to the North (518 kilograms per inhabitant) and the South (445 kilograms per inhabitant). At the provincial level, the regions with the highest values are Reggio Emilia, Rimini and Ravenna while the lowest are Potenza and Avellino. On the one hand it is estimated, given the increase in consumption, a positive growth in waste production on the other hand, however, an increase in separate waste collection and recycling activities is expected.

There are two major trends in the waste management sector. The first is innovation that aims to make waste management companies increasingly able to recycle material, and the second is the sectoral convergence of increasing the dialogue between industrial realities and waste management companies with the aim of targeting the circular economy.

1.2 The evolution of the global market

The global waste management market was valued at $*,***.* billion in **** and is expected to reach $*,***.* billion by ****, registering a CAGR of *.* percent from **** to ****.

The World Bank's **** What a waste *.* report highlights waste management issues on a global scale. From ocean pollution to waste-ridden poor regions, there are many problems caused ...

1.3 The Italian Market

The waste management sector is a fast-growing sector in recent years in Italy, and as we can see from the following graph, this is evidenced by the increase in turnover in the waste management sector, which increased aggregately at a CAGR of *.* percent between **** and ****. Data reported by ISTAT for the ...

1.4 Exports and Imports of Waste

Regarding the export and import of waste, in ****, *** thousand tons of municipal waste were exported and about *** thousand tons were imported

The exported waste consists of **.*% of "Waste produced by mechanical waste treatment" and **% of "Solid Secondary Fuel". On the other hand, the imported waste consists mainly of "Glass"(***). As for ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Types of special waste generated

As seen in section *.*, about ** million municipal wastes were generated in Italy in ****. In addition to this type of waste, about *** million special wastes were then produced in the same year.

Already between **** and **** an increase in the production of this waste had been noted, amounting to *.* percent, corresponding to about ...

2.1 An overview of municipal waste generation

As seen, municipal waste accounts for only a small share of the total waste generated in Italy in ****. Compared to ****, there was an increase in the amount produced only in northern Italy, with almost **.* million tons of waste, while there was a decrease in the Center (***) with *.* million tons.

The following ...

2.3 An overview of special waste generation

At the territorial level, the production of this type of waste is mainly concentrated in northern Italy, in fact about **.*% of the total (***).

At the regional level, it is Lombardy, with more than **.* million tons, that produces the most, about ** percent of the special waste generated in northern Italy, followed by ...

2.4 Italians and separate waste collection

Istat has investigated the habits of Italian households with reference to the ways in which they separate waste, showing that those residing in the North differentiate waste more than other parts of the country. The record belongs to households in the Northwest: glass **.* percent, aluminum containers **.* percent, plastic containers **.* percent and ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Market structure and dynamics

In Italy, the market is somewhat fragmented and far from being consolidated at the industrial level. In fact, the situation in Italy is quite different from the rest of the world. As can be seen from the two graphs shown here there is a clear difference in turnover between the large ...

3.2 Municipal Waste Management

The most common form of municipal waste management in Italy are mechanical biological treatment and landfill. However, the latter has undergone a ** percent reduction between **** and ****, with an increase in other forms of material recovery. The treatment of the organic fraction of separate waste collection (***) increased from *.* million tons to nearly ...

3.3 Special waste management in Italy

As mentioned, there are ***.* million tons of special waste managed in Italy, of which **% is non-hazardous and the remaining *.* million (***) is hazardous. There are several ways in which special waste can be managed :

R*: Main use as a fuel or other means of producing energy,R*: Solvent regeneration/recovery,R*: Recycling/recovery ...

4 Supply analysis

4.1 Expenditure on waste management

Italy's national expenditure on waste management has been calculated at *.** billion euros, a figure that has seen a percentage increase of ** percent over the past ** years. Even in **** there was an increase in spending, despite a reduction in municipal waste generated by about * million tons.

National Expenditure on Waste Management Italy, ...

5 Rules and regulations

5.1 Waste Classification

Waste is classified:

according to origin, into municipal waste and special waste; according to hazardous characteristics, into non-hazardous waste and hazardous waste.

Urban waste under Article *** ofLegislative Decree ***/****,as amended and supplemented:

household waste, including bulky waste, from premises and places used for civil habitation; non-hazardous waste from premises and places ...

5.2 National and European regulations

In Italy it is appropriate to distinguish two types of waste management : recovery operations and disposal and treatment operations. Recovery operations are the responsibility of the plants that manage the collected waste while in the second case incinerators, landfills and mechanical-biological treatment plants intervene.

Waste disposal in Italy was organically regulated ...

6 Positioning of actors

6.1 Segmentation

  • Derichebourg Groupe
  • Paprec Groupe
  • Recylex Groupe
  • Econord
  • Alia Servizi Ambientali SPA
  • Consorzio Nazionale Per La Raccolta Il Riciclo E Il Recupero Degli Imballaggi In Plastica (Corepla)
  • Gruppo Veritas
  • Azienda Milanese Servizi Ambientali SPA (AMSA)
  • HERAmbiente
  • Véolia Groupe

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  • Trends in waste quantities
  • Share of waste generated
  • Turnover by type of waste management
  • Waste Management Turnover Evolution
  • Share of waste production and population
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Latest news

Waste: Paprec pushes ahead in Switzerland - 15/01/2024
  • Paprec was founded in 1994 Paprec has been active in Switzerland for 13 years.
  • Paprec has acquired 40% of the capital of Helvetia Environnement, the local leader in its sector in Switzerland.
  • Two investment funds hold respectively 40% and 20% of Helvetia Environnement's capital.
  • Paprec Switzerland generates sales of €50 million from six sites.
  • Helvetia Environnement generates sales of 130 million euros with 22 operating centers.
  • Paprec invests 400 million euros annually in its production facilities.
  • Paprec recently completed its fifth round of financing, welcoming Vauban Infrastructure Partners and Crédit Agricole as new shareholders.
  • Thirty years after its creation, Paprec has achieved sales of 3 billion euros.
Veolia's plan for growth in energy - 13/01/2024
  • The group already generates a quarter of its sales (just over 10 billion out of almost 43 billion euros in 2022) from the operation of heating networks, the recovery of energy from waste and wastewater, and energy-related services.
  • The Group, which has positioned itself in the field of "decarbonizing local energy", estimates that it will be worth 500 billion euros in Europe by 2030
  • Services related to energy efficiency in buildings and industry could represent a market worth 200 billion euros by 2030
  • Green energy supply and heating/cooling networks could be worth 150 billion euros by 2030.
  • The operation of heating networks is Veolia's main energy business (revenues of 5.9 billion euros in 2022),
  • Veolia operates more than 500 networks.
Derichebourg penalized by the price of recycled metals and its arrival at Elior - 08/12/2023
  • The environmental services group has contributed its multiservices division to the Elior catering group
  • For fiscal year 2022-2023) Derichebourg reports sales of 3.62 billion, down 16.7%, and net income, group share of137 million
  • Deterioration in the scrap metal and non-ferrous metal recycling market, where Derichebourg is the French leader.
Veolia to sell its engineering subsidiary SADE - 27/11/2023
  • SADE's annual sales are expected to reach around 1.1 billion euros in 2022.
  • SADE employs around 6900 people.
Paprec sets foot on the promising Scottish market - 12/10/2023
  • The family-owned group, number one in waste management in France with forecast sales of 2.7 billion euros for 2023
  • Scotland our eleventh country of operation
  • Construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in partnership with Binn Group, a Scottish company specializing in waste treatment.
  • Total ban on the practice of landfilling waste in Scotland from January 1, 2026.
  • Paprec Energies will own the Scottish plant, which already generates 300 million euros in sales
  • Creation of an in-house company dedicated to the design of waste-to-energy units, Paprec Engineering (around 400 people).
  • It brings together experts from Paprec, Tiru, a Dalkia subsidiary acquired in 2021, and CNIM E & E EPC
Environment: Séché and Paprec strengthen their international position - 12/09/2023
  • Paprec is present in some ten countries, and recently acquired CLD in Spain, which is expected to generate sales of 103 million euros in 2023.
  • In Spain, Paprec forecasts total revenues of €200 million for 2021.
  • Paprec expects total sales of 3 billion euros in 2023.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Derichebourg Groupe
Paprec Groupe
Recylex Groupe
Alia Servizi Ambientali SPA
Consorzio Nazionale Per La Raccolta Il Riciclo E Il Recupero Degli Imballaggi In Plastica (Corepla)
Gruppo Veritas
Azienda Milanese Servizi Ambientali SPA (AMSA)
Véolia Groupe

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