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

SIC 4212 & 4953  |  NAICS 5621 & 5622

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
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 statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Waste Collection, Treatment, and Disposal Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size 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 private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4212 and 4953 - Local Trucking and Refuse Systems
  NAICS Code 5621 and 5622 - Waste Collection and Disposal
Types of establishments included in these codes
Solid waste collection services - establishments that collect hazardous or nonhazardous solid waste materials from residential, commercial, and industrial pickup locations and transport it to a landfill, transfer station, recycling center, or waste-to-energy facility.
Solid waste transfer stations - establishments that operate facilities where solid waste is temporarily stored before being transferred to larger vehicles that will transport it to the end point of disposal, such as a landfill, recycling center, or waste-to-energy facility.
Mixed recyclable material collection services - establishments engaged in collecting and hauling mixed recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, glass, and metal, to a single stream recycling facility where they are sorted into separate categories for recycling.
Debris removal services - establishments primarily involved in removing and disposing of unwanted materials or waste, such as wood, concrete, metal, and leaves and branches, from construction projects, demolition sites, natural disaster areas, and other locations.
Nonhazardous waste landfill operators - establishments responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of designated landfill areas in which solid waste materials are deposited, compacted, and sealed with a layer of soil or other suitable materials.
Compost dump operations - establishments primarily engaged in operating facilities that decompose and convert organic waste materials, such as yard waste and food waste, into nutrient-rich compost that can be used for agricultural or landscaping purposes.
Nonhazardous waste combustor or incinerator operators - establishments specializing in the operation of combustors or incinerators that burn nonhazardous waste materials at high temperatures to decrease their volume and lessen their toxicity before disposal.
Hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities - establishments primarily engaged in processing and disposing of hazardous waste material using treatment methods such as neutralization, oxidation, reduction, precipitation, and solidification or stabilization.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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