Smart Waste

Advanced Collection, Processing, Energy Recovery, and Disposal Technologies
for the Municipal Solid Waste Value Chain: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

While one of the key measures of a society’s advance is the degree to which it can distance itself from its trash, waste is increasingly viewed as a strategic resource. In developed economies, tightening regulations around the disposal of waste and the increasing cost of landfilling are driving demand for innovative solutions across the municipal solid waste (MSW) value chain. In developing economies, the focus is on building out basic infrastructure in the face of rapid urbanization and rising levels of affluence. In all cases, emerging smart technologies offer the opportunity to enhance MSW collection, generate renewable energy, and optimize the environmental performance of landfills.

The emerging smart waste market is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade. Although Europe and North America are the most mature markets today, Asia Pacific is expected to see its share of MSW managed by smart technologies more than double between 2014 and 2023. Smart energy recovery, which includes facilities like incineration plants, landfill gas capture projects, and advanced biorefineries, is the most mature smart waste segment. Yet, high capital costs and the localized focus of waste management services remain key impediments to greater smart technology diffusion in the waste sector. Navigant Research forecasts that annual smart MSW technology revenue will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $6.5 billion in 2023.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for smart MSW technologies, with a focus on four segments: smart collection, smart processing, smart energy recovery, and smart disposal. Global market forecasts for the volume of MSW generated and managed globally and the revenue generated from the deployment of smart waste technologies, segmented by geography and smart waste segment, extend through 2023. This report also examines key stakeholder initiatives, regulatory issues, market drivers, challenges, and technology developments and profiles the major stakeholders across the MSW value chain.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What is the current addressable market for smart waste technologies?
  • Which regions show the greatest opportunity for smart municipal solid waste (MSW) technology investment?
  • What are the regulatory, technological, and economic market drivers for smart waste technologies?
  • How are advanced technologies disrupting the traditional MSW value chain?
  • Why is energy recovery so far ahead of other smart MSW technologies segments with respect to revenue?
  • Who are the key stakeholders in the emerging smart MSW value chain?
  • What are the emerging opportunities for MSW as a strategic resource?
Who needs this report?
  • Waste management companies
  • Municipal waste utilities
  • Software/IT companies
  • Energy recovery companies
  • Advanced biofuels producers
  • Industry associations
  • Government agencies and policymakers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  The Evolving MSW Management Market

1.2  The Smart MSW Technology Opportunity

1.3  Smart MSW Technology Market Trends

1.4  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues

2.1  The MSW Opportunity

2.1.1   Understanding Waste Streams

2.1.2   Global MSW Generation

2.1.3   Regional MSW Composition

2.1.4   MSW, Urbanization, and Rising Levels of Affluence

   2.1.4.1  Urbanization and Waste Generation

   2.1.4.2  The Rise of the Global Middle Class

   2.1.4.3  Megacities: A Super-Sized Challenge

2.2  Defining the Smart MSW Management Value Chain

2.2.1   Low-Income Country Value Chain

2.2.2   Low- and Upper-Middle-Income Country Value Chain

2.2.3   High-Income Country Value Chain

2.3  Market Drivers

2.3.1   Public Health and Environmental Security

2.3.2   Urbanization and Sprawl

2.3.3   MSW as a Strategic Resource

   2.3.3.1  A Negative Cost Feedstock

   2.3.3.2  The Rise of Landfill Mining

2.4  Market Challenges

2.4.1   Waste Composition

2.4.2   Out-of-Sight, Out-of-Mind

2.4.3   Not in My Backyard

2.4.4   Cost

2.4.5   Policy Uncertainty

   2.4.5.1  Climate Change and GHG Regulation

   2.4.5.2  Evolving Waste Management Policies

2.4.6   Shale Gas

2.5  An Emerging Policy Framework

2.5.1   The Waste Management Hierarchy

2.5.2   Zero Waste Initiatives

2.5.3   Incentives

   2.5.3.1  Landfill Taxes

   2.5.3.2  Pay-as-You-Throw

2.5.4   Energy Recovery

   2.5.4.1  Renewable Power and Thermal Targets

   2.5.4.2  Next-Generation Fuels

3. Technology Issues

3.1  MSW Innovations

3.2  Smart Collection

3.2.1   RFID Technology

   3.2.1.1  RFID and PAYT Programs

   3.2.1.2  Internet of Garbage Cans

   3.2.1.3  RFID and Waste Sorting

3.2.2   GPS Routing Systems and Data Analytics

3.2.3   Vacuum (Pneumatic) Systems

3.2.4   Fuel Switching

3.3  Smart Processing

3.3.1   Advanced MRFs

3.3.2   Mechanical Biological Treatment

3.3.3   RDF Facilities

3.4  Smart Energy Recovery

3.4.1   WTE

   3.4.1.1  Incineration

      3.4.1.1.1.    Incineration Variants

      3.4.1.1.2.    Advanced Thermal Recycling

   3.4.1.2  Biological Treatment

      3.4.1.2.1.    Direct Use

      3.4.1.2.2.    Electricity Generation

      3.4.1.2.3.    Vehicular Use

   3.4.1.3  Advanced Thermal Treatment

      3.4.1.3.1.    Gasification

      3.4.1.3.2.    Pyrolysis

      3.4.1.3.3.    Plasma Arc Gasification

3.4.2   W2F

3.5  Smart Disposal

3.5.1   Sanitary Landfills

3.5.2   Bioreactor Landfills

3.5.3   Landfill and Solar Integration

4. Key Industry Players

4.1  Integrated Waste Management Players

4.1.1   Beijing Capital Group Company

4.1.2   Republic Services

4.1.3   Suez Environnement

4.1.4   Veolia Environmental Services

4.1.5   Waste Management

4.1.6   Other Integrated Waste Management Players

4.2  Specialized Waste Management Technology and Solutions Players

4.2.1   Covanta Holding Corp.

4.2.2   Enerkem

4.2.3   Envac Group

4.2.4   Fiberight

4.2.5   Harvest Power

4.2.6   Inashco

4.2.7   Leidos

4.2.8   MBA Polymers

4.2.9   Rockwell Automation

4.2.10    Ros Roca Environment

4.2.11    Sims Metal Management

4.2.12   Solena Fuels

4.2.13    Wheelabrator Technologies

4.2.14    Other Technology and Solutions Players

5. Market Forecasts

5.1  Smart MSW Technology Market Overview

5.2  Forecast Assumptions

5.3  Smart MSW Technology Forecasts by Segment

5.3.1   Smart Collection

5.3.2   Smart Processing

5.3.3   Smart Energy Recovery

5.3.4   Smart Disposal

5.4  Smart MSW Technology Forecasts by Region

5.4.1   North America

5.4.2   Western Europe

5.4.3   Asia Pacific

5.5     Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Company Directory
7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Cumulative Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • MSW Generation Volume Share by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • MSW Composition by Country, Select Markets: 2012
  • Waste Generation per Capita to Gross National Income Ratio, World Markets: 2014
  • Typical MSW Disposal Methods by Country Type, Representative Markets: 2012
  • Volume of Biofuels Supply Targets by Key Market, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • WTE Incineration Plant Market Share by Region, World Markets: 2013
  • RNG Production by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW under Smart Management by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW Management Revenue by Technology Type, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Collection Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Processing Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Energy Recovery Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart Disposal Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Segment, North America: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Segment, Western Europe: 2014-2023
  • Annual Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2014-2023
  • Percentage of Population at Mid-Year Residing in Urban Areas by Region: 1950-2030
  • Map of World’s Megacities: 2006
  • MSW Management Value Chain
  • Artist’s Rendering of Amagerforbraending Facility
  • Waste Management Hierarchy
  • Smart MSW Technology Landscape
  • WTE Incineration Diagram

List of Tables

  • Estimated Solid Waste Management Costs by Disposal Method, World Markets: 2012
  • Waste Power and Thermal Policy Targets by Country, World Markets: 2014
  • Annual MSW Generation and Management by Segment and Region (Tons), World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW Generation and Management by Segment and Region (Tonnes), World Markets: 2014-2023
  • MSW Composition by Country, Select Markets: 2012
  • Waste Generation Indicators by Country, Select Markets: 2013
  • Typical MSW Disposal Methods by Country Type, Representative Markets: 2012
  • Volume of Biofuels Supply Targets by Key Market, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Commercialization Status of WTE Technologies, World Markets: 2014
  • Biogas Utilization Efficiency in Conversion Technologies
  • W2F Commercial Biorefinery Projects, World Markets: 2014
  • LFG Collection Efficiencies by Landfill Type
  • WTE Incineration Plant Market Share by Region, World Markets: 2013
  • RNG Production by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • MSW Collection Rate by Region, World Markets: 2012-2023
  • MSW Managed by Region, World Markets: 2012-2023
  • MSW Not Managed by Region, World Markets: 2012-2023
  • Annual Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Segment and Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Smart Waste Management as a Share of Total MSW Generation by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW under Smart Management by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Cumulative Smart MSW Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Total MSW Management Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW Management Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Annual MSW Management Revenue by Technology Type, World Markets: 2014-2023
  • Other Integrated Waste Management Companies
  • Other Integrated Waste Management Players

Report Details

  • Pages: 86
  • Tables, Charts,
    Figures:
    51
  • Release Date: 2Q 2014

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