The global liquid waste management market size was estimated at USD 87.35 billion in 2017, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.8% over the forecast period. Growing utilization of water per household across the globe, along with increasing industrialization, is expected to drive market growth. In addition, soaring industrial activities and optimum utilization of manufacturing capabilities are expected to augment the generation of liquid waste in the industrial sector.
Stringent government regulations related to generation, collection, transportation, disposal, and management of waste are expected to create opportunities for service providers. Consumers and industries alike are realizing the benefits, and sustainable advantages, of reusing and recycling of refuse emitted from several large sectors are likely to present a positive growth trajectory.
Emission of liquid effluents, predominantly wastewater, is expected to have a positive impact on demand for hygienic management of sludge in U.S. over the coming years. Surging demand for water in different activities in commercial buildings, hotels, and hospitals is expected to augment generation of effluents in the country.
The technology used in liquid waste management has increasingly become an important component in ensuring systematic disposal of unsolidified emissions. Incineration is the most efficient technology for disposal of hazardous effluents and refuse. However, dewatering and sedimentation is one of the easiest methods of treatment for non-hazardous effluents used by major players in the market.
High consumer disposable income and recovering confidence in the economy and government has driven consumption levels in several industries, including food and beverages, consumer goods, and electronics. This, in turn, has driven industrial manufacturing activities, chemicals consumption, and resulted in higher output from these industries.
The market is highly regulated and government policies regarding handling of hazardous and non-hazardous garbage differ from country to country. Extensive environment laws and regulations by federal, state, local, and foreign authorities are likely to driving the market over the projected period.
Increasing utilization of water per household across the globe is expected to drive liquid waste generation in the residential sector. In addition, a growing residential real-estate industry post-recession has augmented demand for water in construction activities, thereby leading to increased generation of sludge.
Rising use of water in the commercial sector on account of improved medical facilities and high demand in the hospitality industry is expected to drive segment growth. Emission of liquid waste, dominantly sludge water from hotels, shopping complexes, schools, institutions, and offices, is expected to have a positive impact on the segment over the coming years.
Organic or non-hazardous emissions are expected to dominate the commercial liquid waste segment as emissions from the commercial sector include bio-degradable human and animal refuse, food, agricultural, and paper waste. Furthermore, liquid garbage generated in hospitals through cleaning of medical equipment, human excreta, and other sources is bio-degradable and non-hazardous, leading to easy disposal.
Toxic and hazardous effluents generated majorly from the industrial sector is expected to account for the largest revenue share over the forecast period. Growing utilization of various types of technologies that require nuclear elements and bio-hazardous materials is expected to bolster the generation of toxic emissions across the globe.
Growing automotive industry, along with OEMs, and rising number of automotive aftermarket service providers have resulted in large amounts of liquid sludge and other wastes, including engine and motor oils, transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, coolant, and solvents. Increasing awareness regarding automotive fluid collection and recycling is expected to propel the automotive.
The others segment, which comprises different manufacturing and service industries such as chemical, food and beverages, material manufacturing, cosmetics, consumer electronics, agribusinesses, and municipality, accounted for almost 73.9% of the liquid waste management market revenue in 2017. Segment growth is driven by rising watery effluent emissions from municipal sources over the forecast period.
The pharmaceutical segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2018 to 2025 on account of growing water consumption for different activities. This includes cleaning medical devices. Apart from this, generation of biomedical waste from hospitals and laboratories, including discarded blood, microbiological cultures, and hazardous chemicals, is expected to drive segment growth.
Sludge and effluents generated from the iron and steel industry are expected to drive this segment. Rising demand for metal on account of a thriving construction industry will also benefit the iron and steel segment. Effluents from this industry contain sulfur compounds, metal ions, phenol, dust, ashes, slang, ore particles, and cyanide among other hazardous elements and pose a significant threat to the environment.
Collection services accounted for over 51.0% of the revenue in 2017. Collection fees are determined on the basis of frequency, type of equipment required, and type or volume of garbage collected. High demand for collection services from different industries and volume growth is projected to drive the segment over the forecast period.
Transportation/hauling services are expected to register a CAGR of 4.3% through 2025 on account of rising demand for hygienic and proper transportation from storage areas to the place of recycling. Revenue generated from these services is highly variable as the cost associated with transportation is expected to increase with rising liquid waste produced and distance covered during pick-up and drop services.
Disposal of hazardous waste is associated with high risk and treatment facilities use different methods with advanced technologies based on characteristics and origin of liquid waste. This service segment accounts for the second largest share in the overall management process and is expected to grow at a steady pace over the coming years.
Charges applied by companies on collection services are very high. Cost of transportation varies from country to country as it majorly depends on fuel prices and distance covered. However, the cost of collection and disposal mostly remain constant.
U.S. accounted for a major revenue share owing to increasing industrial activities in eastern states of the country. This has driven demand for proper management in the sector. Increasing footfall in commercial spaces in the country, including shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants, is expected to drive demand for management services.
France is one of the major countries generating municipal waste on account of high population and increased usage of water in household activities. The country recycles over 96% of the sludge water from public facilities or private households, discharging it into sewage treatment plants for processing. The market is relatively mature in terms of players, services, transportation facilities, and amount of liquid waste decomposed or recycled.
The market in Australia has experienced strong growth over the past five years on account of stringent government regulations and growing volumes of liquid effluents from pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. The country offers innovative and integrated solutions to effectively handle such emissions, which is expected to propel market growth over the forecast period.
China accounts for the second largest revenue share owing to increased government focus on curbing high levels of environment pollution on account of accelerated economic growth. High population and rapid industrialization in the country are responsible for waste generation, thereby driving market growth over the forecast period.
The industry is highly competitive with major players such as Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.; Suez Environment S.A.; Clean Harbors Environmental Services; Stericycle, Inc.; and Republic Services, Inc. The source of competition varies by locality and type of service provided by local as well as regional players.
Availability of specialized equipment, skilled technical professionals, diversity of services, quality of service, safety records, and prices are key competitive factors taken into consideration in the industry. Furthermore, economic activities, government policies, technology and environment events, high investments, EPA fees, and cost of licensing limit new firms to enter the industry.
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2018 - 2025
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global liquid waste management market report on the basis of source, industry, service, and country:
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Toxic & Hazardous
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Toxic & Hazardous
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