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Waste Management (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2013

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The waste management sector has been increasingly subject to legislation and environmental pressures, driven by the historically low levels of recycling within the UK. In addition, the collection of household waste has developed into a major sector of activity for the private sector following the competitive tendering introduced into the market. These developments have combined to create a major sector of industry. Much of the legislation relating to waste management is being applied throughout the EU, and this has delayed some of the UK legislation as the government has sought to make its laws compatible with EU Directives.

This report analyses the sources of waste arising in the UK, and the collection, treatment and disposal of that waste, particularly concentrating on the collection and disposal of domestic, commercial, industrial, building and demolition refuse, which can be broadly defined as the element of waste that is available to commercial contractors.

For the purpose of the report, the sources of waste arising in the UK are defined as:


  • Agricultural Waste - non-organic waste arising from both the intensive and less intensive farming sectors, including wastes such as plastics (including fertiliser bags and silage wrap), pesticide and oil containers, pesticide washing, asbestos, scrap metal, batteries, veterinary waste, used oil, paper and cardboard.
  • Mining Waste - waste and residues arising from the extraction of raw materials from the earth.
  • Industrial Waste - waste arising from any factory and from any premises occupied by an industry.
  • Household Waste - waste arising from residential premises and collected by household collection rounds, street sweeping, litter collection and separate garden waste collection services. Also includes waste collected from civic amenity sites, any waste collected for recycling or composting through bring/drop off schemes and kerbside collection.
  • Commercial Waste - waste arising from any premises which are used wholly or mainly for trade, business activities, including sport, recreation, education or entertainment, excluding any municipal and industrial waste.
  • Construction and Demolition Waste - waste arising from the construction, repair, maintenance and demolition of buildings and structures. Mainly includes brick, concrete, hardcore subsoil, and topsoil, as well as some timber, metal and plastics.
  • Sewage Sludge - semi-solid residue arising from the wastewater treatment process.
  • Dredged Spoils - excess material created by the process of dredging, an excavation activity or operation usually carried out at least partly underwater.

The report also refers to Municipal waste, which is defined as:

  • Including household waste and any other wastes collected by a Waste Collection Authority, or its agents, such as municipal parks and gardens waste, beach cleansing waste, commercial or industrial waste and waste resulting from the clearance of fly-tipped materials.

  • The majority of municipal waste is comprised of household waste (roughly 88%) for the purpose of the market size sector of this report the remaining 12% of municipal waste has been included in the other various sectors i.e commercial, industrial and construction and demolition.

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Table of contents

  1. 1. Executive Summary

    • 2. Introduction

        • 2.2 Methodology
          • 2.3 Abbreviations
            • 2.4 Market Positioning
              • 2.5 UK Economy
                • 2.6 Market Factors
                • 3. Waste Arisings

                  • 3.1 Chapter Summary
                    • 3.2 Waste Arising
                      • Table 1: Waste Arisings in the UK, by Source, 2008-2012
                    • Diagram 1: Proportional Importance of UK Waste Arisings, By Sector, 2012
                      • Diagram 1: Proportional Importance of UK Waste Arisings, By Sector, 2012
                    • 3.3 Household Waste
                      • Table 2: Analysis of the Trends in Household Waste Arisings in the UK, by Country, 2007/08-2011/12
                      • Table 3: Analysis of the Composition of Household Waste in the UK, 2012
                    • 3.4 Commercial Waste
                      • Table 4: Analysis of the Trends in Commercial Waste Arisings in the UK, 2008-2012
                      • Table 5: Analysis of the Packaging Element of Commercial Waste, 2012
                      • Table 6: Analysis of Commercial & Industrial Waste Arisings in England, 2009
                      • Table 7: Analysis of Commercial Waste Arisings by Sector, 2012
                    • 3.5 Industrial Waste
                      • Table 8: Analysis of the Trends in Industrial Waste Arisings in the UK, 2008-2012
                      • Table 9: Analysis of Industrial Waste Arisings by Sector, 2012
                      • Table 10: Analysis of the Trends in Construction and Demolition Waste Arisings in the UK, 2008-2012
                      • Table 11: Analysis of the Trends in Mining and Quarrying Waste Arisings in the UK, 2008-2012
                    • 3.6 Sewage Sludge
                      • Table 12: Analysis of the Trends in Sewage Sludge Arisings in the UK, 2008-2012
                    • 3.7 Hazardous Waste
                      • Table 13: Analysis of the Trends in Hazardous Waste Deposits in England and Wales, 2008-2012
                      • Table 14: Hazardous Waste Production in England and Wales, by EWC Chapter, 2007-2011 (excluding 2005)
                  • 4. Collection

                    • 4.1 Chapter Summary
                      • 4.2 Household
                          • Table 15: Household Waste In England By Collection Method, 2006/07- 2010/11
                        • 4.3 Commercial and Industrial
                          • Table 16: Analysis of the Collection of Commercial and Industrial Waste in the UK, by Type of Collection, 2012
                      • 5. Waste Treatment

                        • 5.1 Chapter Summary
                          • 5.2 The Market
                            • Table 17: Transfer and Treatment Deposits in England and Wales By Site Type, 2007-2011
                            • Table 18: Landfill Capacity in England and Wales By Site Type, 2007-2011
                            • Table 19: Analysis of Commercial & Industrial Waste Disposal in England, by Type, 2009
                        • 6. Waste Disposal

                          • 6.1 Chapter Summary
                            • 6.2 Management of Municipal Waste
                                • Table 20: Carbon Impact of Local Authority Waste Management in England 2011/12
                              • 6.3 Hazardous Waste
                                • 6.4 Licenses
                                  • 6.5 Landfill
                                      • Table 21: Landfill Deposits by Site Type in England and Wales, 2007-2011
                                    • 6.6 Incineration
                                        • Table 22: Waste Incinerated in England and Wales, by Type, 2011
                                      • 6.7 Fuel
                                          • Table 23: Contribution to Electricity Generation of Waste, in the UK, 2008-2011
                                        • 6.8 Producer Responsibility Obligations
                                          • Table 24: Packaging Recycling Targets, 2012-2017
                                          • Table 25: Effect of WEEE Regulations, 2012
                                          • Table 26: Portable Batteries Placed on the UK Market 2010-2012 and Waste Batteries Collected and Treated, 2012
                                        • 6.8.1 Glass
                                          • Table 27: UK Glass Packaging Recycling Rate, 2006-2010
                                        • 6.8.2 Cans
                                          • Table 28: UK Steel Packaging Recycling Rate, 2006-2010
                                          • Table 29: UK Aluminium Packaging Recycling Rate, 2006-2010
                                        • 6.8.3 Paper
                                          • Table 30: Recovered Paper Domestic Usage and Production of Paper and Board in the UK, 2012
                                          • Table 31: UK Paper & Board Packaging Recycling Rate, 2006-2010
                                        • 6.8.4 Plastic
                                            • Table 32: UK Plastic Packaging Recycling Rate, 2006-2010
                                          • 6.8.5 Oils, Chemicals and Solvents
                                            • Table 33: Analysis of Oil and Oil/Water Mixtures Waste Deposits Handled and Treated/Landfilled in England and Wales, 2006-2011
                                          • 6.8.6 Textiles
                                            • 6.8.7 Domestic Metal Recycling
                                              • Table 34: Metal Recycling of Waste in England and Wales, 2007-2011
                                            • 6.8.8 Industrial Metal Recycling
                                              • Table 35: Depollution of Vehicles in England and Wales, 2007-2011
                                            • 6.8.9 Compost
                                              • Table 36: Composting of Waste in England and Wales, 2007-2011
                                              • Table 37: Biological Treatment of Waste in England and Wales, 2007-2011
                                            • 6.8.10 Tyres
                                            • 7. The Industry

                                              • 7.1 Chapter Summary
                                                • 7.2 Industry Development
                                                  • Table 38: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Collection of Non-Hazardous Waste Industry, 2009-2012
                                                  • Table 39: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Collection of Hazardous Waste Industry, 2009-2012
                                                  • Table 40: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Treatment and Disposal of Non-Hazardous Waste Industry, 2009-2012
                                                  • Table 41: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Treatment and Disposal of Hazardous Waste Industry, 2009-2012
                                                  • Table 42: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Dismantling of Wrecks Industry, 2009-2012
                                                  • Table 43: Analysis of the Changes in the Structure of the Recovery of Sorted Materials Industry, 2009-2012
                                                • 7.3 Structure by Employment
                                                  • Table 44: Analysis of the Employment Structure of the Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal Activities and Materials Recovery Industries, 2011 and 2012
                                                • 7.4 Structure by Turnover
                                                  • Table 45: Analysis of the Financial Structure of the Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal Activities and Materials Recovery Industry, 2011 and 2012
                                                • 7.5 Companies
                                                  • 7.5.1 Biffa
                                                      • Table 46: Financial Analysis of Biffa Group, 2008-2012
                                                    • 7.5.1.1 Biffa Waste Services
                                                      • Table 47: Financial Analysis of Biffa Waste Services, 2008-2012
                                                    • 7.5.1.2 UK Waste Management
                                                      • Table 48: Financial Analysis of UK Waste Management, 2007-2011
                                                    • 7.5.2 Cory Environmental
                                                      • Table 49: Financial Analysis of Cory Environmental, 2007-2011
                                                    • 7.5.3 FCC Environment UK (formerly Focsa Services)
                                                      • Table 50: Financial Analysis of FCC Environment UK, 2007-2011
                                                    • 7.5.4 MRS Environmental Services
                                                      • Table 51: Financial Analysis of MRS Environmental Services, 2007-2011
                                                    • 7.5.5 Shanks Group
                                                        • Table 52: Financial Analysis of Shanks Group, 2008-2012
                                                      • 7.5.6 SITA UK
                                                        • Table 53: Financial Analysis of Sita UK, 2007-2011
                                                      • 7.5.7 Veolia Environmental Services (UK)
                                                        • Table 54: Financial Analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), 2007-2011
                                                    • 8. Forecast

                                                      • 8.1 Chapter Summary
                                                        • 8.2 Waste Arisings
                                                          • Table 55: Forecast Waste Arising in the UK, by Source, 2013-2017
                                                        • 8.3 Waste Collection
                                                          • 8.4 Waste Treatment, Disposal and Recovery
                                                          • 9. Further Sources & Contacts

                                                            • 9.1 Trade Associations
                                                              • 9.2 Trade Magazines
                                                                • 9.3 Trade Exhibitions

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                                                                Waste Management (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2013

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