Pharmaceutical Waste Management Market Research Report – Forecast to 2027

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Market Research Report: By Nature of Waste (Non-hazardous Pharmaceutical waste, Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste), Type of Waste (Over the counter Waste, Non-controlled Prescription Drugs, Controlled Drugs, Hazardous Drugs), Source of Waste Generation (Hospitals, Clinics & Physicians' Offices, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies, Pharmacies, Others) – Forecast to 2027

ID: MRFR/Pharma/5086-HCR | October 2018 | Region: Global | 100 pages

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Market Overview

According to the latest research report, the global pharmaceutical waste management market size is predicted to grow at a compound rate of a CAGR of X% during the forecast period. In tandem with the fast expansion of the healthcare field and the pharma business, the quantity of trash produced on a frequent basis is increasing at an alarming pace. Typically, primary pollutants and non-biodegradable elements are found in this kind of waste material trash. As a result, the handling of biowaste has emerged as a worldwide need. 

The rise in government initiatives for the proper disposal of unwanted and expiring pharmaceuticals, as well as other pharmaceutical trash, is expected to propel the global pharmaceutical waste management industry to significant growth rates in the following years, according to market research firm Grand View Research. One of the key reasons driving the development of the worldwide pharmaceutical waste management market is the rapidly rising patient populations, which is being raised awareness about the adverse effects on the environment produced by pharmaceutical wastes. On the other hand, the high costs of handling and disposal of pharmaceutical waste, as well as a hesitation to embrace innovative technologies for the ultimate handling of drugs, are expected to hinder the development of a pharmaceutical waste management market in the coming years.

This report contains all the information on the global pharmaceutical waste management market analysis and its strengths. The report also contains the culmination of dynamics, segmentation, key players, regional analysis, and other essential factors. And a detailed analysis of the global pharmaceutical waste management market forecast for 2027 is also included in the report.

 Covid 19 Analysis

There has been a significant delay in the reuse of plastics and other items in recent years. Whereas the potential threat of COVID-19 infection is the primary cause of the delay, other important variables contributing to the slowdown include interruptions in the supply chain and a drop in production and commercial operations. There is a concern that the economic downturn, along with price deflation, may lead to increased dependence on inexpensive virgin material rather than recycled feedstock, resulting in a negative effect on the global pharmaceutical waste management market value.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Market Dynamic


Increasing numbers of the boomer generation, who are more likely to experience from a variety of illnesses, are driving the pharmaceutical industry's expansion. Different processes such as biopharmaceutical manufacture, final tablet formulations development, and feedstock and completed dose form evaluation are all included in pharmaceutical production, as are syntheses of active ingredients and contaminants. It is expected that the pharmaceutical waste generated by all activities would lead to an increase in the pharmaceutical waste management market growth overall, throughout the projection period.


During the next few years, the pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow, as well as the government's efforts to ensure the correct disposal of pharmaceuticals and the trash created by healthcare institutions. Increasing environmental consciousness and a growing patient demographic will have a favourable influence on corporate growth.


Lack of knowledge about pharmaceutical waste management, as well as the expensive cost of waste treatment, may, to a certain degree, constrain market expansion in the approaching years.


The high cost of disposal of medical waste may put a crimp on the development of the sector. Although investigations to support and aid medical breakthroughs will be carried out all over the globe in the anticipated era, the industry will be propelled ahead in the present.

Cumulative Growth Analysis

Medication availability has increased as a result of an increasing number of healthcare and biopharmaceutical enterprises. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized over 3,000 chemicals and approximately 10,000 medications for human use. A lack of knowledge about pharmaceutical waste disposal as well as the expenses related to waste disposal may limit market development to some degree in the foreseeable future.

This year, the non-hazardous trash sector is expected to lead the industry because of the developing pharmaceutical business, the increasing number of pharmaceuticals on the market, and the expanding patient characteristics. The segment growth is expected to be fueled by increased pharmaceutical industry expenditure in R&D for the discovery of new medications.

Value Chain Analysis

According to the reports, the global pharmaceutical waste management market is segmented based on the nature of waste, type of waste, source of waste generation, and regions. The market is divided into four categories based on the kind of waste generator: hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and others. The hospital sector is projected to lead the industry in the foreseeable future. Increasing numbers of health facilities and enhanced pharmacological end up wasting from health facilities are likened to a rising customer massive population, and a considerable amount of unutilized meds and other pharmacological waste are discarded by this healthcare centre in most advanced economies, contributing to the rapid growth. As a result, pharmaceutical waste management from such end-users must be addressed and managed more aggressively than before.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Market Segmentation Overview

The pharmaceutical waste management market is segmented based on the nature of waste, type of waste, source of waste generation, and regions. The global pharmaceutical waste management market trend is expected to witness decent growth during the forecast period.

By Application

The application pharmaceutical waste management market is segmented into nature of waste, type of waste, source of waste generation, and regions.

By end-users

Based on the propulsion types, the pharmaceutical waste management market is segmented into the amount of medical waste, the expansion of hospitals and research facilities, and the tightening of regulations for collecting, transporting, and storing medical waste.

Regional Analysis

According to the reports, on the bai of the region, the global pharmaceutical waste management market is divided into the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. North America is the leader in the global pharmaceutical waste management market share due to a fully advanced healthcare industry and an increasing number of centres in the area. According to the American Hospital Association, approximately 6,210 clinics are located across the United States as of 2019. Furthermore, the increased incidence of infectious and non - communicable illnesses necessitates the use of pharmaceuticals and therapy, which is predicted to result in the production of a substantial number of by-products and residues, resulting in rapid expansion for this sector.

Competitive landscape

Partnership with federal agencies on strategic initiatives, development of new products, acquisitions and mergers are just a few of the primary tactics that pharmaceutical waste management market outlook participants have used.

Major Key Players

  • Sharps Compliance, Inc

  • US Ecology, Inc

  • Stericycle

  • Waste Management, Inc

  • BioMedical Waste Solution

  • LLC

  • Covanta Holding Corporation

  • Daniels Health

  • Stryker

  • Cardinal Health

  • Becton

  • Dickinson and Company 

Report Overview

The following report comprises of –

  • Market overview 

  • Covid 19 Analysis

  • Market Dynamic

  • Drivers

  • Opportunities

  • Restraints 

  • Challenges

  • Cumulative Growth Analysis

  • Value Chain Analysis

  • Segmentation Overview 

  • By Application 

  • By End-Users

  • Regional Analysis

  • Competitive landscape

Recent Developments

  • Sharp Compliance, Inc. introduced the Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kit in 2019, a USP 800> compliance spillage package for the cleaning of chemo and another hazardous drug (HD) spills in 2019.

  • Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. was bought by Waste Management in 2019. (US). In the Eastern United States, Advanced Disposal Services' clients now have access to environmentally sound trash treatment and recycling services.

  • Takeaway Recycle System was released in 2019 by Sharp Compliance, Inc.

  • A commercial toxic waste incinerator constructed in the United States for the first time in 2 decades was inaugurated by Clean Harbors, Inc. in 2017.

By Nature of Waste

  • Non-hazardous Pharmaceutical waste

  • Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

By Type of Waste

  • Over the counter Waste

  • Non-controlled Prescription Drugs

  • Controlled Drugs

  • Hazardous Drugs

By Source of Waste Generation

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics & Physicians' Offices

  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies

  • Pharmacies

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • Rest of the World


Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   Significant Value
  CAGR   2019-2027:Substantial CAGR
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   By Nature of Waste, Type of Waste, Source of Waste Generation
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Sharps Compliance, Inc., US Ecology, Inc., Stericycle, Waste Management, Inc., BioMedical Waste Solution, LLC, Covanta Holding Corporation, Daniels Health, Stryker, Cardinal Health, Becton, Dickinson and Company and others.
  Key Market Opportunities   Adoption of new technologies for safe disposal of medications
  Key Market Drivers

  • Increasing patient population
  • Rise in awareness regarding adverse effect on environment caused due to pharmaceutical wastes

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    The types segment is sub segmented into Over the counter Waste, Non-controlled Prescription Drugs, Controlled Drugs, Hazardous Drugs

    High cost and reluctance in adopting latest technologies can prevent the pharmaceutical waste management market.

    pharmaceutical waste management market has segments like non-hazardous pharmaceutical wastes and hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

    Over the counter waste, non-controlled prescription drugs, controlled drugs, and hazardous drugs are segments listed in pharmaceutical waste management market.

    Players are Stericycle, Sharps Compliance, Inc., US Ecology, Inc., BioMedical Waste Solution, LLC, Waste Management, Inc., Daniels Health, Stryker, Covanta Holding Corporation, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health, and others.

    Government initiatives to inspire safe disposal would influence the pharmaceutical waste management market growth.