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Waste Collection & Disposal – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 4212 & 4953  |  NAICS 562110 & 562210

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Waste Collection Services  (view report)
Waste Treatment & Disposal Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Informa PLC

Online resource provides news and information for waste industry professionals, with topics covered including "Business" (e.g., operations, financial, regulation), "Collection and Transfer" (e.g., contracts, haulers, transfer stations), "Fleets and Technology" (e.g., automation, safety, trucks), "Landfill" (e.g., design, operations, emissions), and "Recycling" (e.g., source separation, material recovery facilities).

National Waste & Recycling Association
Industry Overview / State Data and Statistics  Select sections from "News & Information" drop-down menu

Introductory sections provide a brief overview of the industry and include statistical information on its economic impact in terms of revenue (e.g., industry, all industries), employment (e.g., direct, indirect, and induced), payroll (e.g., direct, indirect, and induced), and average annual earnings per employee (payroll divided by employment) on a national and state basis. All information is available free online.

Waste Business Journal
Publications available from this organization include:

Waste Market Overview & Outlook
Comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for this service sector in the U.S., with topics covered in the report including industry size and market segments, collection, processing, and disposal markets, materials recovery markets, special and industrial wastes, competition among
major firms, and geographic market distribution. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Pricing and Volume Report Service
Monthly reports available from this subscription service include average tipping fee and daily volume index, individual statistics for top facilities by state, and detailed statistics for average tipping fee and daily disposal volume by region, state, and type of facility (e.g., landfills, transfer stations, and waste- to-energy facilities). Sample screen shots of data from each of the reports can be viewed free online.

Waste Generation, Recovery & Disposal Report
Annual report provides generation, recovery, and disposal data by state on a historical and projected basis, with data provided in the report including generation per capita and in total, materials recovery rates, percentage recovery rate, post-recovery volume, net export rate/percentage, volume available for disposal, volume converted to energy, volume disposed in landfill, and remaining landfill capacity.

Directory of Processing & Disposal Sites
Annual directory features detailed profiles of over 9,500 processing and disposal facilities in the U.S., with information provided for each facility including name and location, facility type, types of materials accepted, tipping fee or charge per ton, daily tonnage received, market area served, rail or waterway accessibility, operating or remaining capacity, and contact information for owner and facility operator.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Waste Collection & Disposal Services  Search for "562" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Waste Collection & Disposal Services  Search for "562" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Waste Collection & Disposal

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, fleet dispatcher, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, maintenance manager, and diesel technician, with companies for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., Waste Connections, Inc., and Clean Harbors, Inc.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Waste Collection / Treatment and Disposal / treatment-and-disposal

Annual wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed by organizations in this sector which includes firms that collect and transport materials to treatment and disposal facilities and/or operate facilities such as waste-to-energy plants, hazardous materials incinerators, materials recovery facilities, sanitary landfills, and compost dumps.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

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