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Europe Waste Management Market is expected to reach US$ 252.40 billion by 2030

Published: Thursday, 22 Feb 2024 by The Insight Partners Share on :
 
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Transition to Circular Economy is Boosting Europe Waste Management Market Growth

 

According to our latest market study on "Europe Waste Management Market Forecast to 2030 – Regonal Analysis – by Waste Type, Waste Management, and End User," the market is expected to grow from US$ 188.28 billion in 2022 to US$ 252.40 billion by 2030; it is anticipated to register a CAGR of 3.7% from 2022 to 2030.

 

The increasing emphasis on transitioning to a circular economy model is a response to the imperative of creating a sustainable, resource-efficient, and environmentally conscious approach to waste management. European nations are at the forefront of this transition, actively focusing on resource efficiency, waste reduction, and recycling initiatives. This evolution reflects a commitment to environmental stewardship as well as creates favorable conditions for innovation, fostering opportunities for companies aligned with circular economy principles. The circular economy model is also focused on the idea of closing the loopholes in the product life cycle, ensuring that materials are recycled, reused, or repurposed, thereby avoiding unnecessary waste disposal. Companies such as Patagonia, IKEA, Unilever, and Tesco are aligning their strategies with circular economy principles, focusing on resource efficiency, waste reduction, and recycling. A circular economy refers to keeping products and materials as long as possible by implementing various waste management solutions. As countries across Europe actively promote circular economy principles, waste management becomes pivotal in driving sustainable practices and economic growth. Thus, the transition to a circular economy fuels the Europe waste management market growth.

 

Rapid advancements in technology propel the Europe waste management market size. Innovations such as smart waste solutions, advanced recycling technologies, and waste-to-energy systems are driving this market forward. Companies that invest in cutting-edge technologies and deploy them enhance operational efficiency as well as align with sustainability objectives. For example, in February 2022, Orbisk, a Dutch startup, introduced an innovative program within the food service industry. This program utilizes advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to offer detailed insights into food waste. A smart camera, integrated with a scale and positioned atop waste bins, automatically registers discarded food items down to the ingredient level. This pioneering approach exemplifies the transformative potential of technology in waste management, allowing businesses to make well-informed decisions, reduce waste, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

 

Europe Waste Management Market Share — by Country, 2022

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The scope of the Europe waste management market report focuses on Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, the UK, and the Rest of Europe. The circular economy has emerged as a thriving and financially rewarding model of production and consumption in Germany, with approximately 11,000 companies and over 280,000 employees generating an annual turnover of ~US$ 98.25 billion in 2020. This robust economic landscape is supported by a sophisticated management infrastructure comprising 14,500 facilities, achieving impressive recycling rates across various waste streams. Notably, municipal waste witnesses a recycling rate of 67%, production and commercial waste recycling rate of ~70%, and construction and demolition waste recycling rate of 90%. In 2020, Germany's commitment to sustainable waste management was evident as 12.28 million metric tons of biodegradable waste were efficiently treated in composting plants (6.67 million metric tons) and anaerobic digestion plants and biogas installations (6.24 million metric tons). Moreover, a substantial 4.77 million metric tons of biowaste and 5.61 million metric tons of garden and park waste were separately collected. The Federal Statistical Office estimated that private households took an active role in composting, contributing approximately 2.34 million metric tons of biowaste in 2020.

 

Germany's dedication to recycling includes packaging waste, with 97% of it being consigned to recovery in 2020. The average German citizen already contributes significantly to this effort by separately collecting approximately 30 kg of waste for recovery in dedicated bags and bins for packaging. To further advance the circular economy and reduce packaging waste, the Packaging Act underwent revisions in 2021. These revisions include a ban on the sale of lightweight plastic carrier bags from January 1, 2022, and a requirement for restaurants, bistros, and cafés offering takeaway products to use reusable packaging from January 1, 2023, thereby aiming to phase out single-use plastic packaging. This combined effort to enhance sustainable waste management practices aligns with environmental goals and offers significant opportunities for the growing Europe waste management market size. The continued emphasis on circular economy principles, technological innovation, and regulatory measures positions Germany as a leader in fostering a sustainable and economically strong waste management market.

 

The ecosystem of the Europe waste management market is composed of various interconnected elements that collectively contribute to the development, manufacturing, and utilization of waste management operations or processes, such as waste collection and waste management. The market is influenced by EU directives aiming to reduce landfilling, increase recycling rates, and promote circular economy principles. Key trends include the adoption of advanced and smart waste sorting and recycling technologies, increased focus on organic waste management, and the growth of waste-to-energy solutions. Major players in the Europe waste management market include Veolia Environnement S.A., SUEZ SA, Remondis SE & Co. Kg., and Viridor Ltd. Environmental concerns, such as plastic pollution and carbon emissions, drive innovation and sustainability efforts within the waste management industry. Overall, the waste management market is dynamic, driven by regulatory requirements and evolving societal expectations toward environmental responsibility.

 

Waste management encompasses the comprehensive handling of waste from collection to final landfill, incineration, and recycling. It also involves sorting, processing, treatment, and disposal of different types of waste to minimize environmental pollution and maximize resource recovery. In Europe, waste management practices are guided by EU directives promoting waste hierarchy principles, prioritizing waste prevention, recycling, and recovery over landfilling and incineration. A wide range of technologies and solutions such as mechanical-biological treatment, composting, anaerobic digestion, and waste-to-energy facilities characterizes the waste management sector in Europe. Sustainable waste management practices are increasingly emphasized, focusing on circular economy principles to reduce waste generation and promote material reuse and recycling. The key companies engaged in the Europe waste management market include SUEZ SA, Stericycle Inc, Biffa Plc, Urbaser SA, Augean Ltd, and Renewi Plc, among others.

 

In terms of waste management, the market is segmented into landfill, incineration and energy recovery, and recycling. In the Europe waste management market share analysis, the recycling segment held the largest market in 2022.

The Europe waste management market analysis is carried out by identifying and evaluating key players in the market. Americold Logistics Inc, Lineage Logistics LLC, United States Cold Storage Inc, Interstate Warehousing Inc, Newcold Cooperatief, Kloosterboer, Arcadia Cold Storage & Logistics, CTW Logistics, Burris Logistics, and VersaCold Logistics Services are among the key players covered in the Europe waste management market report.

 

Companies in the Europe waste management market adopt various strategies to remain competitive in the market. As per company press releases, a few recent developments by key players are listed below: 

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2023

Biffa Plc partnered with Polytag, a recycling tech pioneer, to provide its packaging lifecycle data. This service will enable Polytag to access real-time data insights.

2023

Biffa Plc acquired a Scottish-based waste collection and processing company, Hamilton Waste and Recycling Limited. Through this acquisition, the company would increase its vehicle fleet to 9 vehicles and its customer count by 1,400, including construction groups, restaurants, and local authorities.

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