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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Waste Collection

Overview: the U.S. Waste Collection Industry

This report provides answers to key questions about the industry:
What is the total market size (industry revenue)?

This report shows the total market size for the Waste Collection industry, comprised of total revenues of both public and private companies over the last five years (2012-2017), current year (2018) estimates, and outlook to 2022.

What is the industry outlook?

The industry Outlook and Forecasts show how the Waste Collection industry is heading over the next five years (2018-2022). Market forecasts account for historical growth, cyclical changes, and general economic outlook.

Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?

The Market Analysis section shows the five-year growth trends for Waste Collection, year-by-year from 2012-2017.

Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?

Forecasts for 2018-2022 for the industry show the future growth and market opportunity for Waste Collection companies.

"We compete for collection and disposal volume primarily on the basis of the quality, breadth and price of our services..."
What is the average company size in the industry?

The average number of employees and average revenue for a typical Waste Collection company is charted over time for the last five years to the present.

How many companies are in the industry?

Track how many companies compete in the Waste Collection industry, and how the number of companies has changed over the past five years.

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Waste Collection: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

Waste Collection market size 2018
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Statistics 2013        2014        2015        2016        2017        2018*
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2018* 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Waste Collection industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Subcontracted Collection Services

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Collection Services, Residential

Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Residential

Recyclable Material Collection Services, Residential

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Collection Services, Non-Residential

Recyclable Material Collection Services, Non-Residential

Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Non-Residential, Industrial

Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Non-Residential, Non-Industrial

Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Construction And Demolition Sites

Other Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services

All Other Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Including Snowplowing Services

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Consolidation, Storage, And Preparation Services

Non-Hazardous Waste Transfer Facility Services

Recyclable Material Recovery And Preparation Services

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Transportation Services

Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Services

Non-Hazardous Waste Landfilling Services

Sale Of Non-Hazardous Waste, Including Recovered Methane Gas, Compost, And Recyclable Materials

Hazardous Waste Collection Services

Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Non-Residential

Hazardous Waste Transportation Services

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

Non-Hazardous Waste Management Equipment, Leasing Or Rental Services

Resale Of Merchandise

All Other Receipts

All Other Operating Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Waste Collection Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Waste Collection companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Waste Collection company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Waste Collection industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Waste Collection measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 4%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 68%
Motor Vehicle Operators 22%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 22%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 21%
Material Moving Workers 42%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 8%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 8%
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 32%
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors 32%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Waste Collection Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Western Waste Services trademarks "ALWAYS AT YOUR DISPOSAL" - Paper and cardboard collection for recycling; bottle and can collection for recycling; trash collection; Collection centers for metal cans and other recyclable items; waste oil collection for recycling; solid waste landfill services - 01/09/2018
  • Bullbag trademarks "BUY ONE FOR LIFE!" - Dumpster bags - 09/27/2017
  • Bullbag raises $5 million in funding. - 08/07/2017
  • Capitol Waste & Recycling Services raises $1 million in funding. - 04/06/2016

  • Executive Briefings

    Besides Waste Connections, the industry includes: Certain of the markets in which we compete or will likely compete are served by one or more large, national solid waste companies, as well as by numerous regional and local solid waste companies of varying sizes and resources, some of which we believe have accumulated substantial goodwill in their markets. We compete for collection, transfer and disposal volume based primarily on the price and, to a lesser extent, quality of our services. We also compete with operators of alternative disposal facilities, including incinerators, and with counties, municipalities and solid waste districts that maintain their own waste collection and disposal operations. Public sector operators may have financial and other advantages over us because of their access to user fees and similar charges, tax revenues, tax-exempt financing and the ability to flow-control waste streams to publicly owned disposal facilities. From time to time, competitors may reduce the price of their services in an effort to expand their market shares or service areas or to win competitively bid municipal contracts. We provide a significant amount of our residential, commercial and industrial collection services under exclusive franchise and municipal contracts and G Certificates. Exclusive franchises and municipal contracts may be subject to periodic competitive bidding. We generally compete for acquisition candidates with publicly owned regional and national waste management companies. Accordingly, it may become uneconomical for us to make further acquisitions or we may be unable to locate or acquire suitable acquisition candidates at price levels and on terms and conditions that we consider appropriate, particularly in markets we do not already serve. Competition in the disposal industry is also affected by the increasing national emphasis on recycling and other waste reduction programs, which may reduce the volume of waste deposited in landfills. Competition for E Waste Connections

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $256,056,367 on Waste Collection. It has awarded 7,131 contracts to 1,212 companies, with an average value of $211,268 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount