The automated waste collection system (AWCS) market was valued at USD 301.76 million in 2022. It is projected to reach USD 741.19 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period (2023-2031).
With an automated waste management system, separate areas are no longer needed to store trash cans and other refuse. It incorporates cutting-edge vacuum technology for waste collecting that is both environmentally friendly and economical. Compared to traditional waste-collecting systems, this approach offers a variety of valuable environmental advantages. Additionally, it was made to accommodate many waste materials, including big sheets of cardboard, glass, metals, clothing, and others. The demand for automated waste collection systems in metropolitan areas is driven by urban population growth, rising environmental awareness, and increased focus on properly collecting rubbish and waste piles for disposal.
Growth in Urban Population
According to the WHO's estimates and projections, the worldwide urban population is growing at a rate of roughly 1.63% per year from 2020 to 2025 and 1.44% per year from 2025 to 2030. In addition, according to data made public by the World Bank, municipal solid waste (MSW), a necessary by-product of urban life, is increasing even more quickly than the rate of urbanization. Also, according to UNESCAP, the ASEAN area has experienced an annual urban population growth rate of 2.6% during the last five years. It is anticipated that the increase in urban population will cause waste output and collection to increase at a never-before-seen rate. Thus, improved garbage collection management in metropolitan areas will spur market expansion.
Rise in Environmental Awareness
The market for automated garbage collection systems is anticipated to experience expansion due to rising CO2 emissions and increased environmental consciousness among consumers about renewable waste collection management systems. Players in the market, like Sweden-based Envac AB, have been aggressively installing pneumatic garbage collection systems worldwide to improve the waste-collecting process for lowering pollution and safeguarding the environment from dangers. Additionally, dumping and untreated trash have a harmful direct and indirect impact on health by dispersing infectious disease vectors, increasing demand for automated waste collecting systems.
Requirement for High Capital Investments
Automated trash collection systems have a high initial cost of installation, making an investment in them challenging. In developing countries, waste management costs are lower than in developed countries because resources are being spread across multiple projects, such as constructing roads, railways, and public facilities. Automated waste collecting systems also require maintenance and repair expenditures, which developing nations find challenging to recoup. Therefore, it is projected that these occurrences will restrain the market for automated garbage collecting systems.
Increasing Smart City Initiatives
The waste management sector includes a variety of tasks, such as collection, recycling, disposal, and transportation. The adoption of automated garbage collection systems is boosted by the high operational costs for waste transportation and pickup. According to trends, smart cities in nations like the U.S. and the U.K. use IoT, innovative garbage collection systems, and automated waste collection systems. The automated waste collection systems project is expanding as city authorities become more aware of the advantages of smart waste management systems. The project to establish automated waste collection systems is attracting significant firms who are signing agreements. These factors are expected to create tremendous opportunities for the market over the forecast period.
The global automated waste collection system (AWCS) market is segmented by type, operation, and application.
Based on type, the global AWCS market is bifurcated into full vacuum systems and gravity vacuum systems.
The full vacuum system segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% during the forecast period. The garbage can be vacuum-suctioned at the loading site thanks to the entire vacuum system. As soon as the user places rubbish through the proper chute, the waste is thus collected. The trash collection system's loading point is where the collection vacuum cycle begins, saving time. With regular waste creation and removal, the complete vacuum system is ideal for extensive use in commercial applications. One might also refer to the entire vacuum system as stationary.
The purpose of the gravity vacuum system is to store the trash between two transport cycles. The discharge valve door is opened to release the waste into a stationary or mobile collection unit when the waste exceeds a specific limit. The dependence on human involvement can be decreased by automating this valve door to provide efficient and routine trash handling. The gravity vacuum system is most appropriate for residential and other structures that produce little waste. Gravity vacuum systems are primarily suitable for homes, small businesses, schools, and other similar structures where the amount of waste produced is significantly less, and a continuous vacuum system is more cost-effective.
Based on operation, the global AWCS market is bifurcated into stationary and mobile.
The stationary segment owns the highest market share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.0% during the forecast period. Airflow creates negative pressure in a stationary automated garbage collection system's waste pipe collection system. In a collecting station, trash may be collected thanks to the negative pressure. Multiple waste types can be managed simultaneously by a fixed system. Thus, the automated garbage collection system's stationary system can manage two to four waste streams (AWCS). The stationary automated waste collection system's (AWCS) main benefit is separating waste at the collection center. Waste segregation requires less time and effort by minimizing the physical handling of the trash.
The mobile automated garbage collection system dumps the waste using a truck-mounted suction device after collecting it through various channels. The primary distinction between a stationary and a mobile system is that the stationary system uses compressed air to transport waste throughout the pipeline network. In contrast, the mobile system pulls waste for collection in the pipeline network using a vacuum device primarily mounted to a truck. Mobile systems mainly transport waste from numerous collecting places to a single destination. Due to the limited volume of trash produced by domestic sources, these systems are primarily employed for garbage collecting from residential applications.
Based on application, the global AWCS market is bifurcated into airports, hospitals, industries, food markets, sports stadiums, and others.
The industry segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.8% during the forecast period. Systems for collecting automated waste are primarily used in industrial kitchens, meat processing facilities, and other food-related facilities. In the food processing business, vacuum conveying of trash offers a hygienic alternative for waste collection and conveyance with little need for human participation. The industry is one of the primary sources of solid trash that must be disposed of often and effectively. AWCS solutions are created expressly for these uses, considering the quantity and kind of waste enterprises produce.
The food market section primarily includes the wet waste produced by food and beverage kitchens, catering facilities, and wet marketplaces. The AWCS systems created for food market applications are made to manage wet waste effectively. When separated at the source, wet food waste can be recycled quite well. However, food waste is frequently dumped into landfills since there is a lack of knowledge about the advantages of treating it for creating fertilizers, heating and cooking methane, and other uses.
The global automated waste collection system (AWCS) market is bifurcated into four regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Europe Dominates the Global Market
Europe is the most significant shareholder in the global automated waste collection system (AWCS) market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% during the forecast period. The total amount spent on public infrastructure in European countries is substantial. As a result, numerous manufacturers have a significant presence in the region. A public procurement process resulted in MariMatic being selected as the AWCS provider for the new residential area with 5,500 flats in Sluisbuurt, Netherlands. In addition, Deutsche Telekom and Zolitron Technology GmbH entered into a collaboration to recycle glass containers using IoT sensors. These sensors do not need batteries because small solar panels power them. Situations like these are anticipated to fuel market expansion for waste management equipment during the projected period. Smart waste management systems are offered by significant businesses, including Veolia Environnement S.A. and SUEZ Environmental Services. Additionally, it is anticipated that increased sustainable development and diverse techniques to create energy from trash will accelerate market expansion.
Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period. The growth of automated waste collection systems (AWCS) is primarily driven by rapid urbanization and infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region. China is the country that contributes the most to the Asia-Pacific AWCS market. Moreover, the only producer of AWCS in Asia-Pacific is STREAM Environment Sdn. Bhd., with headquarters in Malaysia. Envac AB, MariMatic Oy, and other significant businesses provide AWCS goods and services in the region. Additionally, it is anticipated that the region's need for AWCS will be fueled by the growing trend toward building smart cities in developing nations like South Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and others. In India, urban cities and towns produce about 60% of the nation's total municipal solid waste, less than 20% of which is handled, and about 50% is deposited directly. For example, the "Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan" initiative is anticipated to spur market expansion.
The slow growth of the automated waste collection systems (AWCS) market in North America is primarily attributable to the high initial cost of AWCS and widespread ignorance of sustainable trash collection and disposal. The Swedish company Envac AB provided the first automated waste-collecting system to the United States in 1975. The system has been running for over 40 years, solely reliant on the original hardware. The market for automated garbage collecting systems is anticipated to grow as a result of numerous other projects that have been proposed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Additionally, the market is expected to grow due to rising environmental concerns about waste management and the benefits of new technological trends, such as smart waste management. It is projected that increased garbage creation and smart trash cans would accelerate market expansion. Canada has more smart trash cans and smart garbage monitoring systems thanks to government expenditure on smart city initiatives.
Due to the region's expanding construction industry, the Middle East expects the automated waste collection system (AWCS) market to increase. The Middle East has seen the establishment of numerous AWCS initiatives. For instance, five projects for airports, hospitals, and residential cities in the Middle East by the Swedish business Envac AB. By promoting reusable goods, fixing broken objects, recycling, and disposing of waste by established guidelines, the government hopes to recycle 75% of the waste produced in the United Arab Emirates by 2021.
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