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Freedonia Focus Reports

US Collection

Municipal

Solid Waste:
United States

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Industry Overview
Municipal Solid Waste Volumes and Trends | Generated Waste Segmentation
Recovered Waste Segmentation | Discarded Waste Segmentation
Recycling and Composting | Landfills and Waste-to-Energy Facilities

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Municipal Solid Waste Forecasts


Market Environment | Generated Waste Forecasts | Recovered Waste Forecasts
Discarded Waste Forecasts

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Industry Structure
Industry Composition and Characteristics | Additional Companies Cited
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Municipal Solid Waste: United States

ABOUT THIS REPORT

Scope & Method


This report forecasts US generation, recovery, and discards of municipal solid waste
(MSW) in tons to 2018. Generation, recovery, and discards are each segmented in
terms of:

packaging
durable goods
nondurable goods
other waste such as food waste and yard trimmings.

Industrial waste, construction waste, and hazardous waste are excluded from the scope
of this report. Packaging refers to both containers and other types of packaging.
To illustrate historical trends, total generated, recovered, and discarded MSW, as well
as the various segments, are provided in annual series from 2003 to 2013. Forecasts
are developed via the identification and analysis of pertinent statistical relationships and
other historical trends/events as well as their expected progression/impact over the
forecast period. Changes in quantities between reported years of a given total or
segment are typically provided in terms of five-year compound annual growth rates
(CAGRs). For the sake of brevity, forecasts are generally stated in smoothed CAGRbased descriptions to the forecast year, such as demand is projected to rise 3.2%
annually through 2018. The result of any particular year over that period, however, may
exhibit volatility and depart from a smoothed, long-term trend, as historical data typically
illustrate.
Key macroeconomic indicators are also provided for the years corresponding to
reported figures. Other various topics, including profiles of pertinent leading service
providers, are covered in this report. A full outline of report items by page is available in
the Table of Contents.

Sources
Municipal Solid Waste: United States represents the synthesis and analysis of data from
various primary, secondary, macroeconomic, and demographic sources including:

firms participating in the industry, and their suppliers and customers


government/public agencies
national, regional, and international non-governmental organizations
trade associations and their publications
the business and trade press
The Freedonia Group Consensus Forecasts dated April 2014

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Municipal Solid Waste: United States

the findings of other industry studies by The Freedonia Group.

Specific sources and additional resources are listed in the Resources section of this
publication for reference and to facilitate further research.

Industry Codes
The topic of this report is related to the following industry codes:
NAICS/SCIAN 2007
North American Industry Classification System
562111
562212
562213
562219
562920

SIC
Standard Industry Codes

Solid Waste Collection


4212
Solid Waste Landfill
4953
Solid Waste Combustors and
Incinerators
Other Nonhazardous Waste Treatment
and Disposal
Materials Recovery Facilities

Local Trucking, Without Storage


Refuse Systems

Copyright & Licensing


The full report is protected by copyright laws of the United States of America and
international treaties. The entire contents of the publication are copyrighted by The
Freedonia Group, Inc.

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Table of Contents
Section

Page

About This Report ......................................................................................................................................... i


Highlights....................................................................................................................................................... 1
Industry Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 2
Municipal Solid Waste Volumes & Trends ............................................................................................... 2
Chart 1 | United States: MSW Generation Trends, 2003-2013 .......................................................... 2
Chart 2 | United States: MSW Recovery & Discard Trends, 2003-2013 (mil tons) ............................ 3
Generated Waste Segmentation ............................................................................................................. 4
Chart 3 | United States: MSW Generation by Waste Category, 2003-2013 (000 tons) .................... 4
Packaging. .......................................................................................................................................... 4
Durables. ............................................................................................................................................ 5
Nondurables. ...................................................................................................................................... 6
Other Waste. ....................................................................................................................................... 6
Recovered Waste Segmentation ............................................................................................................. 7
Chart 4 | United States: MSW Recovery by Waste Category, 2003-2013 (000 tons) ....................... 7
Packaging. .......................................................................................................................................... 7
Durables. ............................................................................................................................................ 7
Nondurables. ...................................................................................................................................... 8
Other Waste. ....................................................................................................................................... 8
Discarded Waste Segmentation .............................................................................................................. 9
Chart 5 | United States: MSW Discards by Waste Category, 2003-2013 (000 tons) ........................ 9
Recycling & Composting ........................................................................................................................ 10
Landfills & Waste-To-Energy Facilities .................................................................................................. 12
Chart 6 | United States: Landfill Facilities by Region, 2013 ............................................................. 12
Chart 7 | United States: Operational Municipal Waste-to-Energy Projects, 2013 ............................ 13
Municipal Solid Waste Forecasts ................................................................................................................ 14
Market Environment ............................................................................................................................... 14
Table 1 | Key Indicators for US MSW Generation; 2008, 2013, 2018 (2009US$ bil)....................... 14
Generated Waste Forecasts .................................................................................................................. 15
Chart 8 | United States: MSW Generation by Waste Category; 2003-2013, 2018 (000 tons) ........ 15
Recovered Waste Forecasts ................................................................................................................. 16
Chart 9 | United States: MSW Recovery by Waste Category; 2003-2013, 2018 (000 tons) ........... 16
Discarded Waste Forecasts ................................................................................................................... 17
Chart 10 | United States: MSW Discards by Waste Type; 2003-2013, 2018 (000 tons) ................. 17
Industry Structure ........................................................................................................................................ 18
Industry Composition & Characteristics ................................................................................................. 18
Company Profile 1 | Waste Management Inc ................................................................................... 19
Company Profile 2 | Republic Services, Inc ..................................................................................... 20
Company Profile 3 | Covanta Holding Corporation .......................................................................... 21
Additional Companies Cited................................................................................................................... 22
Resources ................................................................................................................................................... 23
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