Top 10 Waste Management Companies In The World

The collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of garbage, sewage, and other waste products and substances safely and efficiently is the best definition for waste management. The increase in the adoption of proactive government measures to reduce illegal dumping drives the growth of the global waste management market. Also, an increase in the overall waste volume is led by the surge in population and increased globalization. However, the high cost of procuring and waste management solutions is expected to hamper the market growth.

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The waste management market is segmented globally based on waste type, service, and region. The market is further divided into municipal and industrial waste based on the waste type. By providing innovative solutions to the pressing and challenging dilemmas in managing waste materials, the waste management companies in the world just like in any other industry, strive hard to have the highest trust rates with their services. In this article, we have listed out the top waste management companies in the world. The major players listed in the waste management globally include -

  • Advanced Disposal Services
  • Biffa Group
  • Clean Harbors, Inc.,
  • Covanta Holding Corporation
  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation
  • Remondis AG & Co. Kg
  • Suez Environment S.A
  • Veolia Environment S.A
  • Waste Management Inc.
  • Republic Services, Inc

A) Advanced Disposal Services

The US-based, Advanced Disposal is a solid waste and full-service environmental services company that provides integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal operations. It owns and operates a full range of services including -

  • Commercial Waste Services
  • Residential Waste Collection Services
  • Industrial Solid Waste Collection Operations
  • Transfer Stations
  • Roll-Off Containers
  • Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
  • Recycling Facilities and Special Waste.

Regarding environmental protection, Advanced Disposal follows all local, state and federal laws. The company has the management strengths, operational expertise, commitment to quality and the environment, and financial capabilities.

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B) Biffa Group

Providing treatment, recycling, collection, and technologically-driven energy generation services, UK -based Biffa is a leading integrated waste management business. It promotes and delivers sustainable waste management solutions through its expertise of people and investment in technology. Its specialties include -

  • Dry Mixed Recycling
  • Single Stream Recycling
  • Food Waste Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Environmental Services
  • Secure Waste & Recycling
  • Confidential Waste
  • Contaminated Land & Soil
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Free Waste Audit, Waste Management
  • Energy from Waste
  • EfW, Circular Economy
  • Waste Hierarchy
  • Resource Management
  • Skips and Waste Services

C) Clean Harbors, Inc.

A leading provider of energy, environmental, and industrial services and the largest hazardous waste disposal company, North America-based Clean Harbors includes the packaging, recycling, treatment, collection, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. A vast range of environmental cleanup services is provided on customer sites or other locations on an emergency or scheduled response basis. Besides, the company also provides industrial and specialty services, such as pigging and decoking, high-pressure and chemical cleaning, chemical plants, industrial lodging services to refineries, pulp and paper mills, material processing, and other industrial facilities. Clean Harbors also provides solids control, exploration, surface rentals, and environmental services to the energy sector serving gas and oil production, exploration, and power generation.

Supported by the world's largest re-refining capabilities to convert used oil into base and blended lube oils, Safety-Kleen, a subsidiary of Clean Harbors, provides environmental solutions and parts washers, used oil re-refining and oil recycling, for small quantity waste generators. Several strategies are followed by the company to measure, identify, and continuously improve the main impact areas within the three elements of sustainability i.e. social, environmental, and economic.

D) Covanta Holding Corporation

A world leader in providing sustainable energy and waste solutions. Approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses are converted into clean, renewable electricity annually through Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities, and over 600,000 tons of metal are recycled. Comprehensive industrial material management services are also provided by Covanta to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges. Providing sustainable waste and energy solutions to ensure that no waste is ever wasted is the primary mission of Covanta. Its specialties include -

  • Energy-from-Waste
  • Electricity Generation
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Energy Recovery
  • Sustainable Solutions and Utilities

E) Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Japanese-based Hitachi Zosen Corporation is a major industrial and engineering corporation. It produces -

  • Environmental Protection Systems
  • Biomass Utilization Technologies
  • Water Treatment Systems
  • Soil Remediation Systems
  • Industrial Plants
  • Precision Machinery
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Machinery & Process Equipment
  • Prime Movers / Press Machinery
  • Power Generation Facilities / New Energy
  • Steel Structures & Construction Machinery Bridges / Hydraulic Gates /
  • Marine Civil Engineering
  • Construction Machinery
  • Marine / Disaster Prevention Systems
  • High Precision Positioning Information Systems  
  • Slurry Ice-Making Systems
  • Deck Machinery
  • Electric Power Business

F) Remondis AG & Co. Kg

One of the world's largest water and environmental service company. Remondis aims at providing professional services which lead to the economic and efficient use of natural resources. Recovering raw materials from waste, developing innovative recycled products, water supply, and water production, supplying alternative forms of energy are the main initiatives of Remondis. Moreover, eco-friendly methods are utilized to dispose of hazardous materials and residual waste which are unable to be recycled either for economic or ecological reasons.

G) Suez Environment S.A

A world leader in smart and sustainable resource management, SUEZ provides water and waste management solutions that enable industries and cities to strengthen their environmental and economic performances and optimize their resource management, in line with regulatory standards. SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution to meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges. Annually, around 17 million tons of waste is  recovered and about 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy is produced. Its products are included in -

  • Biological Treatment
  • Biosolids
  • Biowaste
  • Clarifiers
  • Disinfection & Oxidation
  • Evaporators & Crystallizers
  • Filtration Technologies
  • Floatation Technology
  • Headworks
  • Ion Exchange
  • Line Cleaning
  • Oil & Gas engineered systems
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Water Purification
  • Zeeweed Ultrafiltration
  • Spiral Wound Membranes

H) Veolia Environment S.A

A global leader in optimized resource management. Veolia Group designs and provides water, waste, and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of industries and communities.

I) Waste Management Inc.

Waste Management Inc has a diverse set of solutions ranging from commercial to residential and to all points in the industry. It's a leading provider of integrated environmental solutions. Apart from this, its sustainability practices are always at the very core of its business. They not only just manage waste, but also make it less impactful to the environment with single-stream recycling, e-cycling, and waste conversion. While recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy, Waste Management Inc, partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal. Its specialties include -

  • Environmental Solutions
  • Renewable Energy
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Community Giving
  • Waste to Energy
  • Safety
  • Customer Service and Innovation

J) Republic Services, Inc

One of the trusted waste management companies and is an industry leader when it comes to e-cycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal. Republic Services also provide financial support, provide in-kind donations of products and services and also volunteer their time. The company provides reliable environmental solutions and services for industrial, commercial, municipal, and residential customers through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, recycling centers, landfills, and transfer stations. Its specialties include -

  • Solid Waste Collection
  • Recycling and Disposal Services

Market Insights:

As per industry research, by 2025 the global waste management market size is expected to reach $484.9 billion from $303.6 billion in 2017, rising at a CAGR of 6.0% from 2018 to 2025.