Wasting away: Government recycling initiatives have caused revenue to decline

The Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry's performance has been mixed over the past five years. Household waste generation has increased over the period, but activity has declined in the commercial and construction sectors, resulting in falling waste volumes. Furthermore, more recyclable and recoverable waste materials have been diverted to firms outside the industry, further constraining revenue growth. This trend has partly been due to government regulations that have encouraged recycling and raised landfill disposal costs over the past five years. However, industry firms have continued to treat and dispose of a large proportion of waste generated by households and businesses, limiting revenue declines...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$3bn
Annual Growth 15-20
-0.6%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
8,038
Businesses
796

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Falls in construction and manufacturing activity have reduced waste available to the industry
  • Increasing landfill levies and municipal recycling collection services have restricted demand
  • Rising demand for high-cost services such as hazardous waste disposal is likely to increase margins
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Waste Treatment and Disposal Services industry has benefited from a shift in waste disposal and management over the past decade. Pricing has increased as demand for new and highly technical services has increased, particularly for hazardous waste treatment. Industry operators have also implemented new technologies for waste treatment and disposal, including generating energy from landfill gas. However, reduced construction and manufacturing activity has constrained revenue growth over the past five years. Industry value added, which measures an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is expected to rise at an annualised 0.7% over the ten years through 2024-25. This represents an underperformance of the overall economy, with real GDP forecast to rise at an annualised 2.6% o...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
  • Manufacturing division
  • Other sectors
  • 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 (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • 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
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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