According to an INFORMA DBK Sectoral Observatory Report, turnover at municipal waste treatment and disposal plants was 1,405 million euro in 2015, a figure similar to that for the previous year.
Despite the fact that in the two-year period 2014-2015, activity in the sector increased in terms of the volume of waste treatment, strong downward pressure on prices and a slowdown in investment in new infrastructures hindered growth in terms of revenues.
Companies with a majority of private equity accounted for 60% of turnover in the market, while publicly owned companies generated 20% of revenues in the sector.
Forecasts suggest a moderate increase in the waste treatment market, driven by an increase in waste production and treatment, and the reactivation of public tenders for new services.
In this context, turnover is expected to rise by around 1% per annum in the two-year period 2016-2017 and is forecast to stand at 1,435 million euro by the end of 2017.
Around 375 plants are currently in operation (excluding transfer stations) and this figure has remained stable in recent years. The closure of landfills has been offset by an increase in the number of waste sorting and composting facilities.