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Waste Collection and Disposal Services

SIC 4212 & 4953 | NAICS 562110 & 562210

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Waste Collection Services  (view report)
Waste Treatment & Disposal Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

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).

Waste Management Services

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Waste & Recycling Association
Our Industry / economic-data

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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Waste Collection & Disposal Services  Search for "562" to see reports for specific services

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Waste Collection / Treatment & Disposal
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of the most recent year's annual revenue for organizations 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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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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