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Recycling - UK - February 2017

“The UK recycling industry looks set to undergo an uncertain number of years due to recent stagnation in household recycling rates - the first decline since the millennium - compounded by the recent Brexit vote and ongoing climate of austerity.”
– Marco Amasanti, B2B Analyst

This report will explore the following key issues regarding the recycling industry in the UK:

  • What are the implications of the recent Brexit decision for the UK recycling industry?
  • How can the industry look to revive the recent stagnation in household recycling rates?
  • What are the key factors underlying this recent slowdown in performance?
  • How have regional differences had a role in recent performance?
  • How has the structure of the municipal and commercial and industrial recycling sectors changed in recent years?
  • What does the future hold for the UK recycling industry?

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK Market for Recycling, by Value, £ million, 2011/12-2015/16
        • Figure 2: UK Market for Recycling, by Volume, million tonnes, 2011-2015
      • Market factors
        • The UK Household Recycling Rate
          • Figure 3: UK Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arisings and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
        • Geographical Differences
          • Figure 4: UK Countries Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arisings and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
        • Austerity and Government Budgets
          • Falling Commodity Prices and Recent Recovery
            • Figure 5: Iron Ore Prices, US $ per tonne, November 2011-February 2017
          • Market forecasts
            • Figure 6: UK Recycling Market Forecast, Total Waste and Recycling Volumes, million tonnes, 2017-2021
          • What we think
          • Key Insights

              • What impact will the recent Brexit decision have on the UK recycling industry?
                • In light of the recent fall in household recycling rates, what can be done to reverse this trend over the coming year?
                  • A Change in Recycling Systems
                    • Innovation
                      • Regional Perspective
                        • Taxation
                        • Introduction

                            • Definitions
                              • Abbreviations
                              • Market Positioning

                                • UK Economy

                                  • Overview
                                    • Figure 7: UK Output, by Industry, 2008-2016, (Index 2013 = 100)
                                    • Figure 8: Quarters after GDP Peak, 1979, 1990 and 2008, (Number of Quarters and GDP as % of Pre-Downturn Peak)
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Interest rates
                                      • House prices
                                        • Figure 9: UK House Price changes, 2006-2016, (12-month % change)
                                      • Consumer spending
                                        • Manufacturing
                                          • Figure 10: UK Manufacturing, 2014-17, (Index, 2013 = 100)
                                        • Business investment
                                          • Figure 11: UK GFCF 2005-16, (£ Million)
                                        • Imports
                                          • Exports
                                          • Market Factors

                                            • Key points
                                              • The UK household recycling rate
                                                • Figure 12: UK Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arising and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
                                                • Figure 13: UK Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arisings and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
                                              • Geographical differences
                                                • Figure 14: UK Countries Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arising and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
                                                • Figure 15: UK Countries Household Recycling Rates, % of waste recycled, Arisings and Recycled in ‘000 tonnes, 2010-2015
                                              • Austerity and Government Budgets
                                                • Falling commodity prices and recent recovery
                                                  • Figure 16: Iron Ore Prices, US $ per tonne, November 2011-February 2017
                                                  • Figure 17: Iron Ore Prices, US $ per tonne, November 2011-February 2017
                                              • Market Size

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Market size, by value
                                                    • Figure 18: UK Market for Recycling, by Value, £ million, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                    • Figure 19: UK Market for Recycling, by Value, £ million, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                  • Market size, by volume
                                                    • Figure 20: UK Market for Recycling, by Volume, million tonnes, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                    • Figure 21: Total Waste and Recycling Volumes, million tonnes, 2011-2015
                                                    • Figure 22: Total Waste and Recycling Volumes, million tonnes, 2011-2015
                                                • Market Segmentation

                                                  • Key points
                                                    • Municipal recycling
                                                      • Figure 23: UK Municipal Waste Arisings, by Country, million tonnes, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                      • Figure 24: UK Municipal Recycling Rates, by Country, %, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                    • Commercial and industrial recycling
                                                      • Figure 25: UK Commercial and Industrial Waste Arisings and Recycling, million tonnes and recycling rate, 2011-2015
                                                    • By material
                                                      • Figure 26: UK Waste materials by final treatment method, % of tonnages, 2014
                                                      • Figure 27: Composition of England’s household dry recycling, % of total, 2015
                                                  • Industry Structure

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Structure by employment
                                                        • Figure 28: Analysis of the Employment structure of the UK Recycling industry, number of businesses, 2015 and 2016
                                                      • Structure by turnover
                                                        • Figure 29: Analysis of the Turnover structure of the UK Recycling industry, £000 and number of companies, 2015 and 2016
                                                      • Changes in the structure of the industry
                                                        • Figure 30: Analysis of the changes in the Structure of the UK Recycling industry, number of outlets and businesses, 2012-2016
                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                      • Biffa Group Ltd

                                                          • Figure 31: Financial Analysis of Biffa Group Ltd, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                          • Company strategy
                                                          • Cory Environmental

                                                              • Figure 32: Financial Analysis of Cory Environmental, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                              • Company strategy
                                                              • European Metal Recycling

                                                                  • Figure 33: Financial Analysis of European Metal Recycling, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                  • FCC Environment (UK)

                                                                      • Figure 34: Financial Analysis of FCC Environment UK, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                      • Metal and Waste Recycling

                                                                          • Figure 35: Financial Analysis of Metal and Waste Recycling, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Shanks Group

                                                                              • Figure 36: Financial Analysis of Cory Environmental, £ million, 2012-2016
                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • Suez Environmental

                                                                                  • Figure 37: Financial Analysis of Suez Environmental, £ million, 2011-2015
                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • Veolia

                                                                                        • Figure 38: Financial Analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), £ million, 2009-2013
                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                        • Forecast

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • The market
                                                                                              • Figure 39: UK Recycling Market Forecast, Total Waste and Recycling Volumes, million tonnes and % change, 2017-2021
                                                                                              • Figure 40: UK Recycling Market Forecast, Total Waste and Recycling Volumes, million tonnes, 2017-2021
                                                                                            • Market segmentation
                                                                                                • Figure 41: UK Recycling Market Segmentation Forecast, Total Waste & Recycling Volume and Recycling Rate, million tonnes and %, 2017-2021
                                                                                              • The circular economy
                                                                                                • Future frameworks from WRAP
                                                                                                • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                  • Trade associations
                                                                                                    • Trade magazines
                                                                                                      • Trade exhibitions

                                                                                                      Companies Covered

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                                                                                                      Recycling - UK - February 2017

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