Waste Business Journal's Latest 2021 Directory Details the Evolving Waste Industry

Date: May 12, 2021

Source: Waste Business Journal

Waste Business Journal's latest Directory of Waste Processing & Disposal Sites details the private sector's increasing control of the country's waste and recycling infrastructure. The top two companies Waste Management and Republic Services now control almost 50 percent of the MSW being landfilled annually.

That comes after another busy year of industry M&A, notably Waste Management's acquisition of Advanced Disposal which in turn led to divestitures picked up by GFL Environmental. GFL's U.S. share of landfill volume consequently doubled from 2 percent to 4 percent. Waste Management's share jumped from 26 percent to 29 percent.

Meanwhile Republic just closed its acquisition of Santek adding another percent to its now 20 percent share of the market. Municipalities continue to yield control to the private sector, either through operating contracts or outright sale. Their share of MSW flowing into landfills is at 27 percent, down from around 30 percent just a few of years ago.

Major Companies' Market Share
(Percentage of Landfill Volume Managed)

The Directory provides detailed profiles of all waste processing and disposal facilities in the US, including landfills, construction and demolition facilities, waste-to-energy plants, transfer stations, materials recovery facilities, composting sites and more - over 9,600 individual facility profiles.

Wild Ride for Waste

The directory also tells the story of how waste is increasingly moving out-of-state and especially out of the Northeast where landfill capacity is shrinking and into the Midwest and Southeast. Connecticut has no more landfills and Massachusetts will close its last landfill in the near future.

Number of Facilities by Type in this Book
(Over 9,600 facilities detailed)

Increasing Scale of Waste Operations

With landfills more far flung, waste increasingly moves through a transfer station. That along with capital cost efficiencies-of-scale are driving a trend towards larger processing facilities, especially material recovery facilities that employ ever more expensive and sophisticated sorting technology. The average size of a MRF today is close to 190 tons per day, almost double the average of 109 tons per day average in 2000.

The directory details the waste processing and disposal marketplace for the entire country but more importantly for every market area within the country. Each market has its own unique mix of major players, material recovery rates, rates of recycling, landfilling, waste-to-energy, and transfer, average tipping fees, etc.

Who can benefit?

  • Waste management and hauling companies concerned about their markets, their customers, their competitors and areas of potential growth.

  • Municipal governments need to assess and compare their own operations as well as to know what others are doing and to know their waste processing and disposal options into the future.

  • Financial institutions with a stake in the industry now have a tool for tracking and analyzing capacity, supply changes, capital investments and pricing.

  • Industry stakeholders who need to better understand this important and changing industry.

The Directory in Highly Useful Electronic Formats

The directory comes in hardcopy and electronic format. Electronic versions include Excel, Acrobat (pdf) of the book and individual pdfs of state maps, and ESRI (ArcView) shapefiles, that are compatible with most mapping software packages.

The price is $1,595 US and includes regular periodic updates as they become available for up to one year following the date of purchase.

What's in the Directory: Highly Detailed Profiles of Every Facility

  • facility name, type and location (including lon, lat)

  • types of waste accepted

  • how much waste is received and what is charged (tipping fee)

  • days and hours of operation

  • market area served

  • whether also accessible by rail or waterway

  • operating and remaining disposal capacity

  • names, addresses, email and phone numbers for both the owner and operator

  • And much more!

To learn more, visit: www.wasteinfo.com/diratlas.htm.

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