Medical Waste Management Market (By Treatment: Chemical Treatment, Autoclaving, Incineration, and Others; By Waste Type: Hazardous and Nonhazardous) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends Analysis, Regional Outlook and Forecasts, 2021 - 2030

The global medical waste management market size was valued at US$ 6.90 billion in 2020 and is projected to surpass US$ 11.92 billion by the end of 2030, exhibiting CAGR of 5.8% during the estimate period 2021 to 2030.

  • Non-hazardous waste segment was reached at USD 7.5 billion in 2021.
  • The treatment and disposable services segment accounted 29% market share in 2021.
  • The hospitals waste generation segment garnered 32% market share in 2021.
  • North America medical waste management market is projected to reach at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2022 to 2030.

Crucial factors accountable for market growth are:

  • Exponentially increasing volume of medical waste
  • Rising geriatric population
  • Increasing prevalence of chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes
  • Growing obese population
  • Increasing requirement for sustainable and effective medical waste management
  • Increasing focus of governments all over the world to tackle the issue of medical waste management
  • Increasing number of accidents
  • Integration of latest technologies
  • Growing investment by key manufacturers
  • Increasing per capita healthcare expenditure

Medical Waste Management Market Size 2017-2030

Major Trends in Medical Waste Management Industry:

Medical wastes need careful containment and disposal before gathering and consolidation for handling. The measures for discarding controlled medical-waste substances are designed to shield the staffs who generate medical scrap and who tackle the wastes from generation point to disposal point. To avert injuries from needle stick and other infected sharps should not be repeated, firmly bent, or cracked by hand. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have broadcasted general rules for managing sharps. Health-care amenities may need added precautions to avert the creation of aerosols during the management of blood-contaminated objects for some rare diseases or situations.

Storage and transportation of regulated medicinal wastes within the healthcare organization prior to termination treatment is often essential. Healthcare organizations are instructed to clear out medical wastes frequently to avoid buildup. Medical scrap requiring storing should be reserved in puncture-resistant, leak-proof, labelled containers under situations that lessen or avert foul smells. The storing area must be well ventilated and be unreachable to pests. Every facility that produces regulated medical scrap should have a controlled medical waste management strategy to ensure well-being and environmental protection as per local guidelines.

Incineration of medical scrap has conventionally been the foremost medical waste managing technique globally. However, incineration results in the emission of numerous harmful fumes such as Sulphur dioxide, dioxins, and carbon monoxide which augment global warming. Thus, development of other techniques is gaining popularity for sustainable medical waste management.

COVID-19 Impact on Global Medical Waste Management Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an abrupt breakdown of waste management strings. Safe management of hazardous medicinal waste is critical to successfully limiting the pandemic. Mismanagement at any stage can lead to augmented environmental contamination. The world is anticipated to be loaded by medical waste material in the near future owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequences of this over buildup of medical leftover will have a deep impact on justifiable medical waste administration measures for years to come. To handle such a large worldwide influx of waste, the industry will have to respond by dispensing an increase in conservative management facility volumes and will require looking to fewer conventional portable units and RFID imprinting technology to guarantee sustainable healthcare waste administration.

Report Highlights Details
Market Size US$ 11.92 Billion by 2030
Growth Rate CAGR of 5.8% From 2021 to 2030
Base Year 2020
Historic Data 2017-2020
Forecast Period 2021 to 2030
Segments Covered Treatment Type, Waste Type
Regional Scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Companies Mentioned BioMedical Waste Solutions, Stericycle Inc., Clean Harbors, Citiwaste, MedPro Waste Disposal, Sanpro, Waste Management, Inc., Sharps Compliance, Inc.

Segmental Market Trends:

Incineration Segment Reported Foremost Market Stake in 2020

The incineration displayed the major share in the worldwide medical waste management market in 2020.Incineration is the lone method employed for pathological scrap such as identifiable tissue and body parts that augments the segmental share. The factors such as generation of high volume of medical waste due to increasing prevalence of viral diseases and low cost of incineration are expected to retain the dominance of incineration in the near future.

The chemical treatment segment is anticipated grow at the maximum CAGR through the forecast time-frame mainly due to high anticipated demand.

Hazardous Waste Dominated the Market Revenue

Hazardous waste is generated in high volumes at hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Moreover, implementation of stringent regulations for the safe disposal of hazardous waste by governments all over the world is expected to boost the demand for hazardous waste management in the near future.

North America is Estimated to be the Largest Market for Medical Waste Management

The detailed research report covers significant prospects and inclinations of medical waste management products throughout different regions including Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. By region, medical waste management market is led by North America due to high incidence of cancer and early implementation of latest medical waste management techniques. Europe reported the second maximum share predominantly due to high geriatric population and positive reimbursement scenario. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to witness the rapid growth rate, on account of increasing investment by major manufacturers and increasing per capita healthcare expenditure.

Global Medical Waste Management Market 2021-2030

Top Players contending in the Market:

The companies focusing on research and development are expected to lead the global medical waste management market. Major companies operating in the global market are focusing on development of new eco-friendly technologies that can be implemented for sustainable and efficient waste management. Leading competitors contending in global medical waste management market are as follows:

  • BioMedical Waste Solutions
  • Stericycle Inc.
  • Clean Harbors
  • Citiwaste
  • MedPro Waste Disposal
  • Sanpro
  • Waste Management, Inc.
  • Sharps Compliance, Inc.

In order to well recognize the present status of medical waste management, and policies implemented by the foremost nations, Precedence Research projected the future progress of the medical waste management market. This research report bids quantitative and qualitative insights on medical waste management market and valuation of market size and progress trend for probable market segments.

Major Market Segments Covered:

By Treatment

  • Chemical Treatment
  • Autoclaving
  • Incineration
  • Others

By Waste Type

  • Hazardous
  • Nonhazardous
    • Infectious & Pathological Waste
    • Pharmaceutical Waste
    • Sharp Waste
    • Other Medical Waste

By Waste Generator 

  • Hospitals & Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Other Waste Generators

By Treatment Site

  • Offsite Treatment
  • Onsite Treatment

By Geography     

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • GCC
  • North Africa
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the medical waste management market worth?
According to Precedence Research, the medical waste management market size was valued at US$ 6.90 billion in 2020 and is projected to hit around US$ 11.92 billion by 2030.
The medical waste management market will grow at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2021 to 2030.
Factors such as exponentially increasing volume of medical waste, rising geriatric population, increasing prevalence of chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, growing obese population, increasing requirement for sustainable and effective medical waste management, increasing focus of governments all over the world to tackle the issue of medical waste management, and increasing number of accidents are driving the growth of medical waste management market.
In 2020, the North America region dominated the worldwide market with a market share of higher than 42%.
The Asia Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of around 6.8% in the estimate period due to increasing per capita healthcare expenditure and high number of accidents
The key companies functioning in the worldwide medical waste management market are BioMedical Waste Solutions, Stericycle Inc., Clean Harbors, Citiwaste, MedPro Waste Disposal, Sanpro, Waste Management, Inc., and Sharps Compliance, Inc. among others.
Hazardous waste accounted for the major share in the end-user segment with more than 65% share in 2020 due to high volume of hazardous waste generation.
Medical waste can be defined as a type of waste that comprises infectious substances. This contains waste produced by healthcare amenities like doctor’s offices, dental practices, hospitals, research laboratory, medicinal research amenities, and veterinary hospitals.
  • Report Code:1251
  • Category:Healthcare
  • No. of Pages:150+
  • Format:PDF/PPT/Excel
  • Status:Published


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