Sort it out: Rising prices and public concern are likely to boost industry ahead of Brexit

Operators in the Sorted Material Recovery industry recycle materials that are then sold to wholesalers, reprocessors and manufacturers. Industry revenue is derived from gate fees, which are charges levied upon a given quantity of waste at a facility, and the sorting and recovery of metal, paper, plastic and glass materials.Industry operators have endured difficult operating conditions over the past five years as declines in the prices of key commodities such as steel, iron and other metals weighed on revenue, while falling waste levels have dampened industry demand. Industry revenue has been further affected by lower gate fees...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£7.7bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-2.4%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
22,262
Businesses
1,677
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Economic uncertainty and strong competition have affected industry revenue in recent years
  • Public concern for the environment has spurred increases in household recycling rates and the Landfill Tax
  • Operating conditions are expected to improve, but revenue growth may be limited by lack of capacity and confidence
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    MetalThe sorting and recovery of metal is expected to account for 57.5% of revenue in 2018-19. This segment produces the largest share of revenue due to the high price of metals. During the middle of the past five-year period, the prices of metals such as iron and steel have fallen, causing the share of revenue attributed to this segment to decline. The largest fall in steel prices was in 2015, as a result of slowdown in emerging economies like Brazil and China, which caused supply to outweigh demand. The largest share of revenue in this segment comes from ferrous scrap, such as iron and steel food cans and other packaging. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, nickel, brass, zinc and aluminium are also sorted. Som...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry are

  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and World price of steel in the Sorted Material Recovery industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sorted Material Recovery Industry?

    This industry comprises firms that sort, recover and sell recyclable material such as metal, paper, plastic and glass from mixed waste. It includes the operation of material recovery facilities (MRFs) and sorting of scrap metal.

    Industry Products
  • Gate fees
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Other sorted materials
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials from non-hazardous waste streams
  • Operating facilities where co-mingled recyclable materials are sorted into distinct categories
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steel
  • Total value of construction
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Housing starts

  • Current Performance
  • Prices in flux
  • Reducing waste
  • Recycling rates
  • Gate fees
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Denting demand
  • Recycling targets
  • Market conditions
  • Expanding capacity
  • Table: Sorted Material Recovery Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sorted Material Recovery Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing
  • Hollow Glass Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Non-Hazardous Waste Collection

  • Products & Services
  • Metal
  • Gate fees
  • Other sorted materials
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Chart: Sorted Material Recovery Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Local authorities
  • Commercial and business firms
  • Industrial firms
  • Construction firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sorted Material Recovery

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Veolia Environnement SA,
  • Table: Veolia Environnement SA - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Municipal Waste
  • A waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public.
  • Recyclable Material
  • Material that can be recovered from the waste stream for reuse.
  • Virgin Material
  • Material that has been extracted or produced without being recycled.
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