The smart waste management market was valued at USD 1.77 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 6.52 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 25.68%, during the forecast period of 2021-2026. According to the World Bank, across the globe, about 1.3 billion metric ton of waste is generated every year and is expected to reach 2.3 billion, by 2020. This increase can be attributed to the rapid urbanization and industrialization, across regions.
- Smart waste management is a key aspect in the development of smart cities (along with water management, energy management, traffic management, etc.,) in order to provide improved lifestyle in the urban areas. The increasing adoption of smart city initiatives across regions supports the growth of the smart waste management market.
- The waste management industry involves various activities, such as collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling. The industry has been facing efficiency issues at different stages of waste management, specifically, the operational costs corresponding to the collection and transport of the waste, thereby leading to the increasing adoption of smart waste management.
- The growing complexity in the logistics of waste collection and the need to comply with regulations pertaining to waste processing demand better waste management solutions, which are made possible by the use of technologies, such as IoT sensors, RFID, GPS, etc. Although the smart waste management market is at a nascent phase, it is expected to witness a healthy growth, owing to the availability of commercially viable technologies and operational benefits.
Key Market Trends
Smart Waste Collection Through IoT to Contribute to the Market Growth
- In the smart collection segment, the emergence of IoT has revolutionized and addressed operational costs, for the waste handling companies. The companies that offer smart solutions for waste collection primarily focus on three solutions - intelligent monitoring, route optimization, and analytics.
- By deploying sensors, network infrastructure, and data visualization platforms, waste management companies have been able to generate actionable insights, to make informed decisions.
- By using fill level sensors (sometimes also cameras) near the trash bins, companies have been able to plan the fleet trucks in accordance with the volume of trash in bins, thus reducing the unnecessary fleet fuel consumption and contributing to reducing carbon emissions in cities.
- The municipalities of a few cities across the United States, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, etc., in collaboration with smart waste management innovators (such as Enevo, Smartbin, Bigbelly, etc.,) are saving around 30% of waste collection costs.
- Due to the presence of commercially available technology providers, coupled with smart city initiatives and decreasing cost of IoT sensor, the market is being pushed toward a robust growth.
North America to Account for the Largest Market Share
- North America comprises of an increasing number of smart cities and the existing ones are currently under development.
- Approximately 22% of the cities in the United States and Canada have already been implementing strategic programs, compared to just 7% of cities, worldwide.
- The United States alone contributes the majority of the annual waste produced, at approximately 230 million metric ton of trash, the significant chunk of which is handled by private entities.
- Owing to government initiatives that promote sustainability, to achieve zero waste by 2020, and the penetration of smart city initiatives across the high urban concentration region, North America is expected to account for the lion's share in the smart waste management market.
The smart waste management market is consolidated due to a few players having the major share of the market. Moreover, the lack of awareness among the people is making it tough for the players to enter the market. Some of the key players in the market are Suez Environmental Services, Veolia Environmental Services, Enevo, Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, Smartbin (OnePlus Systems Inc.), IBM Corporation, Bigbelly Inc., Covanta Holding Corporation, among others.
- April, 2019 - SUEZ and LyondellBasell partnered with Samsonite to produce the first suitcase collection made from recycled plastics. This is the first suitcase composed of post-consumer plastic waste, the shells are composed of recycled polypropylene (PP) from packaging and the inside fabric of recycled PET bottles. The product is not only environmentally responsible but also light and strong for the best travel experience.
- February, 2019 - IBM announced a new portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that team artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics designed to help asset-intensive organizations, such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), to improve maintenance strategies.
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