Liquid Waste Management Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Global Liquid Waste Management Market Information: By Waste Type (Sewage, Sullage, Black Water, Storm Water, Trade Waste, Hazardous Liquid Waste), By Disposal Methods (Sedimentation & Dewatering, Incineration, Composting, Solidification, Root Zone) - Forecast to 2027

ID: MRFR/CnM/6873-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 100 pages

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Market Synopsis

According to MRFR analysis, the Global Liquid Waste Management Market is projected to register a CAGR of 3.8% to reach USD 117.79 Billion by the end of 2025.

Liquid waste management is methodical administration of exercises that deals with the proper handling, disposal and treatment of liquid waste. Wastewater treatment can be done by physical or chemical processes, which include contaminants such as plastics, oils, sludges, dissolved metals, pathogenic microorganisms, and other toxic substances. Some of the major processes used for liquid treatment are as follows: incineration, sedimentation & dewatering, landfill, and others.

The key factor driving the growth of the liquid waste management market is rapid industrialization, especially in Asia-pacific, leading to the upswing of trade waste coupled with increasing population, resulting in the rise of sewage waste such as black water and sullage.

The rising concern regarding water scarcity around the globe, increasing demand for clean water, spurred by waste-to-energy initiatives and landfill diversion, have perpetuated the growth of the wastewater industry during the past few years.

Furthermore, stringent environmental regulations by agencies such as the environmental protection agency (EPA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) regarding the amount of wastewater discharge from industries coupled with increasing demand for clean water among individuals is expected to fuel the global market growth during the forecast period.

However, the requirement of large amount of capital for setting up liquid waste disposal system and aging effluent treatment system is expected to hamper the growth of the global market during the forecast period.

Regulatory Analysis

The guidelines set by various regulatory bodies for liquid waste management are as follows:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA-K002 for ‘wastewater treatment sludge from the production of chrome yellow and orange pigments’; EPA-K004, ‘wastewater treatment sludge from the production of zinc yellow pigments’; EPA-K005, ’wastewater treatment sludge from the production of chrome green pigments’; EPA-F019 for ‘use of aluminum chemical conversion coating in automobiles’; The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), ASTM-D5495 for ‘sampling with a composite liquid waste sampler’; EPA-K176 for ‘wastewater treatment sludge from the mercury cell process in chlorine production’.

Market Drivers

  • Rapid industrialization and continuously growing population leading to the increase of wastewater

  • Increasing demand for clean water supply

  • Growing awareness about water crisis

  • Stringent environmental regulations regarding liquid characteristic waste like ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity

Market Restraints

  • Aging sewerage management infrastructure and obsolete liquid waste management techniques

  • High investment cost for establishing liquid waste treatment plant.


By Waste Type

  • Sewage: The largest segment of the global liquid waste management market due to the generation of large amount of waste such as sullage, black water and storm water, due to increasing population. 71% of domestic wastewater is collected in sewers, 9% is collected in onsite provisions, and the remaining 20% is not collected.

  • Sullage: Wastewater generated from kitchen, house washing, laundry, and bathroom fall under the category.

  • Black Water: Waste drained out from toilet bowls.

  • Storm Water: Runoff and stagnated water generated after heavy rainfall.

  • Trade Waste: Water-borne waste from trade or manufacturing premises.

  • Hazardous Liquid Waste: Waste that is a potential threat to the human health and environment.

By Disposal Methods

  • Sedimentation & Dewatering is the most widely used method for disposing waterwaste, the method is used for removing solid waste from nonhazardous liquids.

  • Incineration: Combustion of waste to produce gaseous products.

  • Composting: Using organic waste as composite.

  • Solidification: Solidifying liquid waste before burying.

  • Root Zone: Recycling of sullage waste.

By Region

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

  • Latin America

  • Middle East & Africa

Regional Analysis

  • North America: Held the largest market share, in 2018, and is expected to witness healthy growth during the forecast period. The growth in the region is attributed to its well-established liquid waste management systems for liquid effluents release from the residential and industrial sectors.

  • Europe: Increase concern over water crisis and presence of effluent treatment system is driving the market growth in the region, most of the liquid waste treatment plant performance is above 80%.

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional market during the forecast period, the growth is attributed to rapid industrialization and continuously growing population leading to the generation of large quantity of both solid and liquid waste.

  • Latin America: Increasing investment in sewage infrastructure is expected to boost the market growth for liquid waste management in the region. The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) estimated to spend over USD 80 billion on sewerage infrastructure and USD 33 billion on wastewater treatment over the period 2010–2030.

  • Middle East & Africa: The growth of the market is due to shortage of clean water leading to use of liquid waste management techniques for recycling municipal and non-industrial water.

Key Players

  • SUEZ (France)

  • Veolia (France)


  • Covanta Holding Corporation (US)

  • Enva (Scotland)

  • US Ecology, INC (US)

  • Heritage-Crystal Clean, INC (US)

  • Hulsey Environmental Services (US)

  • FCC Austria Abfall Service AG (Austria)

  • Cleanaway (Australia)

  • Absolute Environmental Waste Management Inc. (Canada)

  • PegEx, INC (US)

  • Russell Reid Waste Management/Mr. John (US)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global liquid waste management market is expected to exhibit a strong 3.8% CAGR over the forecast period from 2019 to 2025.

The global liquid waste management market is expected to reach a valuation of USD 117.79 billion by 2025.

Sedimentation and dewatering holds the largest share in the global liquid waste management market, followed by incineration, composting, solidification, and root zone.

North America holds the largest share in the global liquid waste management market.

Leading players in the global liquid waste management market include Suez, Veolia, Clean Harbors Inc., Covanta, US Ecology Inc., and Cleanaway, among others.