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UK Waste Management and Recycling Market Report 2021
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“The COVID-19 outbreak has delayed progress of the government’s waste and recycling reforms, which are seen as a much needed framework to reboot recycling and support the shift towards a…

UK Waste Management and Recycling Market Report 2021

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Report Summary

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the UK Waste Management & Recycling market, including the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw household waste volumes rise by 8%. With more people working from home, more drinks and meals are consumed, as well as more home deliveries and DIY activities. However, because of the closures of many non-essential services, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste, and construction and demolition waste fell.

With the increased amounts of household waste, municipal collection services were put under considerable pressure throughout 2020. These higher volumes led to higher service costs, with additional cleaning vehicles needed while they struggled with staff shortages and restrictions. Despite additional government funding, councils still face funding shortfalls which could lead to them cutting services.

This report covers the current situation of the UK waste management market, as well as its future forecasts heading out of the pandemic. With more attention on the environment and sustainability concerns, increased demand on recycling could benefit the waste market in the next few years, despite the delays on new measures to help reboot the recycling industry.

Read on to discover more details or take a look at all of our UK Household, House and Home market research.

Quickly understand

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste management sector
  • Financial performance of key industry players
  • How the government plans to achieve its circular economy ambitions and the implications for the waste management industry
  • Market drivers for investment in UK reprocessing and recycling industry

Covered in this report

Brand: Veolia, Biffa, Suex, Viridor, FCC, European Metal Recycling, Renewi.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Claudia Preedy, a leading analyst in the Household sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The COVID-19 outbreak has delayed progress of the government’s waste and recycling reforms, which are seen as a much needed framework to reboot recycling and support the shift towards a more circular economy. While there remains a lack of clarity over the final design of proposed measures it’s important that waste management companies futureproof their services now and they must be flexible to accommodate the changes expected in the coming years. Overall, the industry is well placed to benefit from the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy in the next few years as demand for recycling services from local authorities increases.

Claudia Preedy
Senior B2B Analyst

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • Key issues covered in this Report
    • COVID-19: market context
    • Economic and other assumptions
    • Covered in this Report
  2. Executive Summary

    • Impact of COVID-19 on the waste management and recycling sector
      • Figure 1: Short-, medium- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on waste management and recycling, 6 April 2021
    • The market
    • COVID-19 disruption leads to a decline in total waste generation in 2020
      • Figure 2: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2016-20
    • Local authorities experience higher waste management costs due to COVID-19
      • Figure 3: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2020/21
    • Shift from landfill disposal towards recycling and incineration with EfW
      • Figure 4: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2015/16-2019/20
    • Significant investment in UK recycling infrastructure vital to creating a circular economy
    • Companies and brands
    • UK waste management services industry dominated by the “Big Five”
    • Appetite for M&A activity remains
  3. Issues and Insights

    • Move towards circular economy drives significant investment in UK reprocessing and recycling infrastructure
    • Sustainability becoming a key measure of business performance
  4. The Market – Key Takeaways

    • Total waste volumes fall in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact
    • England’s household recycling rates see little growth
    • Local authorities see waste management costs rise due to COVID-19
    • Just over half of English councils run a food waste collection service
    • Significant investment in UK recycling infrastructure vital to creating a circular economy
  5. Waste Arisings

    • COVID-19 disruption leads to a decline in total waste generation in 2020
    • Commercial and industrial waste volumes fall in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 restrictions
    • Household waste arisings rose by an estimated 8% last year
    • Households throw away less food during COVID-19 crisis
      • Figure 5: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2016-20
    • Construction output
      • Figure 6: UK construction output, 2016-20
    • Household waste
      • Figure 7: UK household waste arisings, by nation, 2015-19
      • Figure 8: Composition of waste from England households, 2019/20, (000 tonnes)
    • Composition of dry recycling from English households
      • Figure 9: Composition of dry recycling from English households, % of total, 20110 and 2020
  6. Waste Collection

    • Local authority waste management expenditure
      • Figure 10: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2017/18-2020/21
    • Local authority waste collection
      • Figure 11: UK household residual waste collection, by frequency, 2019/20
      • Figure 12: Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material, by material, 2019/20
      • Figure 13: Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material, by material, 2019/20
      • Figure 14: UK household food waste collections, by nation, 2019/20
  7. Waste Treatment

      • Figure 15: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2015/16-2019/20
    • Waste infrastructure
      • Figure 16: Number and capacity of permitted final treatment facilities, UK and England, 2016
    • Strong expansion of EfW capacity, but uncertainty regarding future capacity additions
    • Significant investment in UK recycling infrastructure vital to creating a circular economy
    • Decline of landfill
      • Figure 17: Landfill capacity trends in England, 2009-19
    • Recycling rates
    • Household waste recycling rates
      • Figure 18: UK household waste recycling rate, by nation, 2014-18
    • Packaging waste recycling rates
      • Figure 19: Packaging recycling and recovery targets, 2018-22
      • Figure 20: UK packaging waste and recycling/recovery, by material, 2019 and 2020, (tonnes)
    • Issues surrounding plastic waste exports
  8. Market Forecast

    • Short-, medium- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the waste management and recycling sector
      • Figure 21: Short-, medium- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on waste management and recycling, 6 April 2021
    • Market drivers and assumptions
      • Figure 22: Key economic drivers affecting MBD’s market forecast, 2019-2025 (prepared on 9 March 2021)
    • Forecast methodology
    • Forecast waste arisings
      • Figure 23: Forecast of waste arisings in the UK, 2021-25
      • Figure 24: Forecast of household waste arisings in the UK (adjusted for COVID-19), 2021-25
  9. Market Trends

    • Technological advancements
    • Sustainability becoming a key measure of business performance
  10. The Impact of the Economy

    • UK economy contracts by record 9.9% in 2020
      • Figure 25: Annual GDP growth rate, historic and forecast, 2015- 25, (Annual % change)
  11. Market Drivers

    • Government proposals and actions to tackle plastic and packaging waste
    • Key measures set out in Resources and Waste Strategy to be introduced through the Environment Bill
    • Following years of cuts, Defra receives a funding boost between 2019 and 2022
    • UK Plastic Pact aims to create circular economy for plastics
    • WRAP sets out roadmap to recycle flexible plastic
    • Scrutiny on plastic and packaging waste supports the need for greater domestic recycling and processing capability
    • Growing issue of food waste
    • Landfill tax hikes incentivise recycling and alternative ways of managing and disposing waste
      • Figure 26: Landfill tax rates, £ per tonne, 1st April 2017-21
  12. Companies and Brands – Key Takeaways

    • UK waste management services industry dominated by the “Big Five”
    • Appetite for M&A activity remains
    • Waste management companies explore carbon capture, utilisation and storage solutions for EfW plants
  13. Industry Structure

    • Industry development
    • Appetite for M&A activity remains across the waste management industry
    • Changes in the structure of the industry
      • Figure 27: Analysis of changes in the structure of the waste management industry, number of outlets and businesses, 2016-20
    • Structure by turnover
      • Figure 28: Analysis of the financial structure of the waste management industry, £’000 and number of businesses, 2019 and 2020
    • Structure by employment
      • Figure 29: Analysis of the employment structure of the waste management industry, 2019 and 2020
  14. Company Profiles

    • Biffa
    • Acquistional activity
    • Investment in plastic recycling facilities
    • Biffa invests in UK EfW infrastructure
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 30: Financial analysis of Biffa Plc, 2016-20
      • Figure 31: Turnover analysis of Biffa, by business segment, 2020, (£ million and %)
    • Company strategy
    • European Metal Recycling
    • CMA orders EMR to sell sites as part of a recent acquisition
    • EMR cuts hundreds of jobs due to impact of COVID-19
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 32: Financial analysis of European Metal Recycling, 2015-19
    • Company strategy
    • FCC Environment (UK)
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 33: Financial analysis of FCC Environment (UK), 2015-19
    • Company strategy
    • Renewi
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Renewi, 2016-20
      • Figure 35: Turnover analysis of Renewi, by business segment, 2019-20
      • Figure 36: Turnover analysis of Renewi, by geographic segment, 2020, (€m and %)
    • Company strategy
    • SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK
    • Recent company activity in the UK
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 37: Financial analysis of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK, 2015-19
    • Company strategy
    • Veolia Environmental Services (UK)
    • Recent company activity
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 38: Financial analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), 2016-19
    • Company strategy
    • Viridor
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 39: Financial analysis of Viridor, 2016-20
    • Company strategy and outlook
  15. Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

    • Abbreviations
    • Methodology
  16. Further Sources and Contacts

    • Trade associations
    • Trade magazines
    • Trade events

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