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Global Digital Transformation in the Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Growth Opportunities

  • Report

  • 83 Pages
  • September 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5457000

The global waste management industry is transitioning toward greater digital technology adoption with the growing availability and deployment of smart solutions such as smart bins and fleet management, cloud computing, customer interfaces, waste tracking systems, and AI robotic sorting. These solutions will significantly improve waste collection, transportation, and recycling efficiency. In the long term, all companies in the waste recycling and management market will need to implement digital strategies to remain competitive and seize the chance for future growth.

Digital technologies and smart solutions dedicated to waste management are well-established in the market. However, only connected and integrated systems that can convert data to valuable information will transform the waste industry and move it closer to a sustainable and circular economy. Future urban development relies on technology, with significant links between smart solutions and sustainable approaches, leading to enormous demand for digitization and technology-based waste recycling and management.


Digitization of the waste recycling and management market includes the data-driven transformation of crucial segments to enable more efficient operations. The segments covered in this report are smart waste recycling bin collection systems; smart fleet management and logistics solutions; smart waste sorting and recycling systems; and enterprise resource planning (ERP), cloud computing, connectivity, and customer interface operations. The study aims to understand market transformation speed, regional differences in emerging technology adoption, growth opportunities in specific technologies and solutions, and the competitive environment. It will also provide an in-depth analysis of market trends, drivers, and restraints up to 2030. 

The global market for digital solutions dedicated to waste recycling and management is estimated to be $3,287.4 million in 2020 and is forecast to record an 11.6% CAGR by 2030. Digitization’s role and importance are rising and seen as the game-changer in the transformation toward efficient waste recycling and management system and crucial element of the future sustainable smart city and circular economy. Other factors driving market development are the ability to significantly reduce operational costs, allocate resources more accurately, easily adapt to specific client expectations, and support end users to become more efficient and sustainable.


  • Digital solutions dedicated to waste management and recycling
  • Megatrends shaping the global waste management and recycling market
  • Digitization drivers and restraints
  • Growth opportunities and strategic investments for sustainable food and beverage and water and wastewater industry
  • Historical, present, and future market size
  • Technologies, solutions, and regions expected to register the highest growth rates over the forecast period
  • Competitive factors, leading market participants, and customers

Table of Contents

1. Strategic Imperatives
Why is it Increasingly Difficult to Grow?
The Strategic Imperative 8™
The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on the Digital Transformation in the Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Market
Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine™

2. Growth Opportunity Analysis
Scope of Analysis
Research Methodology
Segmentation by Region
Segmentation by Solution
Digital Solutions Dedicated to the Waste Management and Recycling Market
Key Competitors
Key Growth Metrics
Key Findings
Growth Drivers
Growth Restraints
Forecast Assumptions
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast Analysis
Revenue Forecast by Segment
Revenue Share by Segment
Revenue Forecast Analysis by Segment
Revenue Forecast by Region
Revenue Share and Growth Potential by Region
Revenue Forecast Analysis by Region
Competitive Environment
Competitive Environment Analysis
Revenue Share Analysis

3. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Europe
Key Growth Metrics
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast by Segment
Revenue Forecast Analysis
Regional Highlights

4. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Americas
Key Growth Metrics
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast by Segment
Revenue Forecast Analysis
Regional Highlights

5. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Middle East and Africa
Key Growth Metrics
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast by Segment
Revenue Forecast Analysis
Regional Highlights

6. Growth Opportunity Analysis - Asia-Pacific
Key Growth Metrics
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast by Segment
Revenue Forecast Analysis
Regional Highlights

7. Growth Opportunity Universe
Growth Opportunity 1: AI Robotics for Waste Sorting and Recycling
Growth Opportunity 2: Self-driving Trucks for Waste Collection
Growth Opportunity 3: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business Model
Use Case - New Business Opportunities to Tackle Global Waste Challenges Using Blockchain Technology
Growth Opportunity 4: Smart Waste Bins

8. Case Studies
Case Study 1 - Apple Inc. Improves Sustainability Using Compology's Remote Waste Metering™ Technology
Case Study 2 - Veolia Environment S.A. Using Data-driven Solutions by Microsoft Power BI and Azure
Case Study 3 - SaaS: RUBICONSmartCity™ Platform to Improve Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management
Case Study 4 - Norsk Gjenvinning (NG) Investing in the Turnkey Fiber Recycling System by BHS

9. Next Steps
Your Next Steps
List of Exhibits
Legal Disclaimer

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Apple Inc
  • Veolia Environment S.A
  • RUBICONSmartCity
  • Norsk Gjenvinning