Municipal waste: Government initiatives encouraging recycling have constrained revenue growth

The Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry has benefited from increased household, construction and commercial waste generation over the past five years. Though greater volumes of waste have driven industry expansion, the diversion of recyclable and recoverable waste materials has increased, which has constrained revenue growth. Government regulations that encourage recycling and raise landfill disposal costs have further constrained demand growth for industry treatment and disposal services over the past five years. However, industry firms continue to treat and dispose of a large proportion of waste generated by households and businesses.The volume of waste that requires collection and disposal drives industry growth...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$3bn
Annual Growth 14-19
1.1%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
7,879
Businesses
780

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has benefited from increased household and commercial waste generation
  • Increasing landfill levies and municipal recycling collection services have restricted demand
  • Demand for high-cost services, such as hazardous waste disposal, will boost industry margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Operators in the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry treat and dispose of solid and liquid waste. Both solid and liquid waste can be non-hazardous, such as general household and building waste, or hazardous, such as contaminated soils. Fees for waste treatment and disposal vary depending on weight, recyclability and any relevant levies.Treatment and disposal of lightweight materialsLightweight waste materials include plastics, paper, cardboard and glass. Plastics account for a significant portion of this segment due to the high disposal fees associated with these products. Despite the low commodity value of glass, a large portion of used glass is recycled and diverted from the industry's disposal services. Pap...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services are:

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from solid waste collection services and Demand from construction in the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services Industry?

    Industry firms primarily treat or dispose of solid, liquid and other waste types, including hazardous waste. The industry also includes businesses that mainly operate landfills, combustors, incinerators, compost dumps and other treatment facilities (except sewage treatment facilities), including waste transfer stations.

    Industry Products
  • Treatment and disposal of lightweight materials
  • Treatment and disposal of liquids
  • Treatment and disposal of organics
  • Treatment and disposal of heavy materials
  • Treatment and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Treatment and disposal of other materials
  • Industry Activities
  • Garbage disposal services
  • Hazardous waste treatment and disposal services
  • Non-hazardous waste treatment and disposal services
  • Operating landfills
  • Operating other waste treatment facilities
  • Rubbish dump or tip operation
  • Sanitary disposal services
  • Septic tank pumping or cleaning services (except repairs and maintenance)
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from solid waste collection services
  • Demand from construction
  • Demand from liquid waste collection services
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Population

  • Current Performance
  • Current industry trends
  • Diversion from landfill
  • Specialised services
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Waste generation

    and revenue

  • Regionalisation and consolidation
  • Specialisation and innovation
  • Table: Waste Treatment and Disposal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • House Construction
  • Motor Vehicle Engine and Parts Repair and Maintenance
  • Health Services
  • Commercial and Industrial Building Construction
  • Restaurants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Mining and Industrial Machinery Wholesaling
  • Pump and Compressor Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Treatment and disposal of lightweight materials
  • Treatment and disposal of liquids
  • Treatment and disposal of organics
  • Treatment and disposal of other materials
  • Treatment and disposal of hazardous materials
  • Treatment and disposal of heavy materials
  • Chart: Waste Treatment and Disposal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Services sector
  • Households
  • Construction division
  • Other sectors
  • Manufacturing division
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Waste Treatment and 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 and Disposal Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Suez Recycling & Recovery Holdings Pty Limited, Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd, J. J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Suez Recycling & Recovery Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Cleanaway Waste Management Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: J. J. Richards & Sons Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Waste Treatment and 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 and Disposal Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Biogas
  • Biogas is produced when organic waste breaks down in a landfill. This can be captured and converted into electricity.
  • Hazardous Materials
  • This refers to any waste product that may pose a threat to the environment or public health due to ignitability, reactivity, corrosivity or toxicity characteristics.
  • Landfill
  • Landfill disposal involves waste burial in a designated site. These are usually engineered to capture biogas and collect leachate.
  • Waste Treatment
  • Waste treatment activities involve treatment and removal processes to reduce the impact of waste products on the environment.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
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