Global Food Waste Management Market Size, Share, Trends, Covid-19 Impact & Growth Forecast Report - Analysis By Type (Cereals, Dairy Products, Fruits & Vegetables, Meat, Fish & Sea Food, And Processed Food), Process (Aerobic Digestion, Anaerobic Digestion,Combustion/Incineration, And Others), Application (Animal Feed, Fertilizers, Biofuel, And Power Generation), And Region(North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East And Africa And Rest Of The Region) – Industry Analysis (2024 To 2029)

Updated On: January, 2024
ID: 8729
Pages: 170

Global Food Waste Management Market Size (2024 to 2029)

The global market size of food waste management is predicted to be valued at USD 45.15 billion in 2024 and USD 56.94 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.75% from 2024 to 2029. Rapid industrialization and increasing R&D activities to develop efficient systems are expected to boost the growth of the food waste management market. 

Food waste is an inedible part of food which were removed from the food supply chain that will be recovered or disposed of. The management procedures for this waste of food are known as food waste management. Landfills and greenhouse gases, agricultural food waste, animal feed, cockroach feeding, anaerobic digestion, commercial liquid food waste, and composting are the different types of disposable methods that are involved in the food waste management market.


The growing food waste worldwide on a daily basis, stringent government regulations promoting food waste reduction and increasing awareness about environmental sustainability are propelling the growth of the food waste management market.

The survey, which was conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, states that one-third of the food for human consumption, equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes that were produced in the world, is either lost during supply chain management or wasted intentionally. This wastage of food is a serious issue that needs to get immediate attention, coupled with the number of initiatives started by the governments of various nations with the cooperation of engineering firms as the latter investment in research and development of food waste management machinery is propelling the growth of the global food waste management market.

The growth of the food processing sector is driving the food waste management market.

The rapid growth of the food industry is one of the significant factors for the growth of the global food waste management market owing to the requirement of food waste management systems involved in the rising trend of an increasing number of restaurants, dining out, hotels, quick service restaurant, and other food outlets. Additionally, there is an increase in food waste waste in the food supply chain significantly because of the several systems that are installed, including anaerobic and aerobic digestion processes for food waste recycling. Also, the rising population, high environmental awareness, and rapid industrialization have further fueled the demand for solutions to food waste management, which is affecting the target market positively. 


However, the expensive costs of operating and maintaining the food wastage firm constitute a significant restraint of the global food waste management market.




Market Size Available

2023 to 2029

Base Year


Forecast Period

2024 to 2029



Segments Covered

By Waste Type, Source, Process, Application, Method And Region.

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional and Country Level Analysis; Segment-Level Analysis; DROC; PESTLE Analysis; Porter’s Five Forces Analysis; Competitive Landscape; Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Waste Connections, Inc., Stericycle, Inc., Clean Harbors, Inc., FCC Environment Ltd, Veolia Environnement SA, CT Environmental Group Ltd, Recology Inc.



Global Food Waste Management Market Analysis By Waste Type

The fruits and vegetable segment has held a significant market share in terms of revenue with over 40.6% owing to their improper handling, processing, storage, and cultivation of the produce. Most of the fruits and vegetables are wasted in the stages of production and harvesting procedures.

The meat segment is estimated to be one of the fastest-growing segments during the outlook period. The rapid growth of this market in the coming years is attributed to the rising generation of edible wastage in developed countries like the U.S. and Japan. Additionally, increased government initiatives regarding the waste management of these meat and meat products to decline the impact of Green House Gases (GHGs) on the environment is estimated to boost this segment in the target market.

Global Food Waste Management Market Analysis By Process

The anaerobic digestion segment is contributing to having a significant share when compared to the other processes involved in the food waste treatment. The anaerobic digestion segment has acquired 45.2% of the food waste management market's global revenue share. The growth of this segment is attributed to its extensive usage in the process of waste disposal as it aids in recovering energy like nutrients and biogas.

The aerobic digestion segment is anticipated to be valued at around USD 3.80 billion during the forecast period owing to its ability to decompose food waste like cereals and fruits & vegetables by forming compost that is used as the fertilizers, as its composition includes phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen, as well as the presence of micro-organisms which can condition the soil.

Global Food Waste Management Market Analysis By Source

The municipalities and the household segment is likely to record a CAGR of 5.5% and grow significantly in terms of revenue during the forecast period. The growth of the target segment is due to the increase in wastage by consumers around the world.

Global Food Waste Management Market Analysis By Application

The fertilizer segment is estimated to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period by recording a CAGR of 4.2% in terms of revenue. The growth of this segment is attributed to the increasing demand from the farmers that is to decrease the contamination of water and land from the leaching of synthetic fertilizers. Additionally, the usage of food waste as a fertilizer aid in soil conditioning or repairing the ability of fertilizers in developing the holding capacity of water coupled with the absorption of nutrients is fuelling the growth of this segment.


Europe is the region that has acquired a share of over 32.5% of the market revenue. The factors contributing to the regional growth include government initiatives for reducing food wastage along with the rising investment in advanced disposable techniques to acquire useful products like biogas and fertilizers, which are the growth factors of the target market in Europe.


Companies playing a key role in the global food waste management market include Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Waste Connections, Inc., Stericycle, Inc., Clean Harbors, Inc., FCC Environment Ltd, Veolia Environnement SA, CT Environmental Group Ltd, Recology Inc.


  • Harsco Corporation HSC has announced that it has signed a deal with Stericycle, Inc. SRCL which states it to buy the Stericycle Environmental Solutions Business.
  • Waste Connections, a North American integrated waste services company that provides waste collection, disposal, transfer, and recycling services, primarily of solid waste, has completed $838M worth of acquisitions.


This research report on the food waste management market has been segmented and sub-segmented based on waste type, source, process, application, method and region. 

By Waste Type

  • Cereals
  • Dairy Products
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Fish & Sea Food
  • Processed Food

By Process

  • Aerobic Digestion
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Combustion/Incineration
  • Others

By Application

  • Animal Feed
  • Fertilizers
  • Biofuel
  • Power Generation

By Source

  • Primary Food Producers
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Food Distributors & Suppliers
  • Food Service Providers
  • Municipalities & Households

By Method 

  • Prevention
  • Recovery
  • Recycling
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Asia Pacific

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Frequently Asked Questions

1.What are the main sources of food waste, and how much food is wasted globally?

Agricultural production: Harvest losses, surplus crops, and imperfect or unsellable produce.

Food processing and manufacturing: Surplus or damaged products, trimmings, and by-products.

Distribution and retail: Excess inventory, unsold products, expired goods, and damaged or imperfect items.

2.What are the challenges facing the food waste management market?

Lack of infrastructure: Insufficient collection, processing, and recycling infrastructure for organic waste management, especially in developing countries and rural areas with limited resources and technology access.

Regulatory barriers: Complex regulations, permitting requirements, and waste management policies that vary by jurisdiction, hindering the implementation of food waste reduction and recovery initiatives.

3.What are the benefits of effective food waste management?

Environmental sustainability: Reducing methane emissions from landfills, conserving natural resources, minimizing habitat destruction, and mitigating climate change impacts associated with food waste.

Resource conservation: Recovering valuable nutrients, energy, and materials from organic waste streams for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery, promoting circular economy principles and resource efficiency.

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