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UK Waste Management and Recycling Market Report 2022
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“An ongoing commitment to a more circular economy, underpinned by major waste reforms, will be central to developments in the waste management market over the coming years. This will drive…

UK Waste Management and Recycling Market Report 2022

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Description

The UK Waste Management and Recycling report identifies consumer attitudes towards waste management and recycling, the recycling industry, and circular economy and reprocessing in the UK. This market report covers the market size, market forecast, market segmentation and industry trends for the Waste Management and Recycling market in the UK.

Current Market Landscape

The government has set a target to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2035. To meet this ambitious target, significant investment in the UK recycling infrastructure is required, which needs to be underpinned by clear, long-term government policies.

  • 41.4% of local authorities collected waste recycled in 2021.
  • In 2021, total waste arisings were up by 7.5% to 155.1 million tonnes.
  • The volume of waste allocated to landfill has decline by 51% between 2016 and 2021.

Waste management companies and local authorities are impacted by rising fuel prices, which will further increase cost pressures on a sector already grappling with surging cost inflation. Companies will look to offset cost inflation with price increases and a focus on operational cost savings.

Future Market Trends in Waste Management and Recycling

According to CIPFA’s performance tracker of the impact of COVID-19 on public service spending, local authorities spent an unplanned £173 million on waste collection and disposal in 2020/21. In 2021/22, councils have faced further service price increases as waste companies saw rising costs due to supply chain issues. With increased spending pressures set to continue over the next few years, the Local Government Association has warned that vital services, including waste and recycling, continue to face an uncertain future.

An ongoing commitment to a more circular economy, underpinned by major waste reforms, will be central to developments in the waste management market over the coming years. This will drive continued investment in UK recycling capacity and capability, including the development of, and investment in, new technologies for sorting and processing plastic packaging. Major UK waste management companies have already committed a considerable amount of capital investment into UK recycling facilities over the coming years, with a strong focus on plastic recycling and recovery.

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Quickly understand

  • How the market has performed in the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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 the UK reprocessing and recycling industry.

Covered in this report

Waste Types: Household waste, commercial waste, industrial waste, construction and demolition waste, other waste (mining, agriculture, forestry, fishing).

Brands: Biffa, European Metal Recycling, FCC Environment, Renewi, Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, Veolia Environmental Services, Viridor.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

This report, written by Utku Tansel, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

An ongoing commitment to a more circular economy, underpinned by major waste reforms, will be central to developments in the waste management market over the coming years. This will drive continued investment in UK recycling capacity and capability, including the development of, and investment in, new technologies for sorting and processing plastic packaging.
In order to create the right incentives to unleash the significant investment required in the UK waste management and recycling infrastructure, this needs to be underpinned by clear, long-term government policies. As such, industry experts have called on the government to make waste infrastructure a larger area of priority when bringing forward key waste policy changes.

Utku Tansel - European Retail AnalystClaudia 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

    • The five-year outlook for the UK waste management and recycling sector
      • Figure 1: Waste management and recycling outlook, 2022-26
    • The market
    • The easing of COVID-19 restrictions and resumption in economic activity result in higher waste volumes in 2021
      • Figure 2: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2017-21
    • Local authorities to experience continued spending pressures, which could impact waste management and recycling services
      • Figure 3: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2021/22 (£ million and % of total)
    • Incineration with EfW now dominates waste treatment
    • Recycling rates have stalled
    • Volume of waste sent to landfill falls sharply
      • Figure 4: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2016/17-2020/21
    • 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’
    • M&A activity
  3. Issues and Insights

    • Move to circular economy drives investment in waste infrastructure
    • Waste management sector targets net zero emissions
  4. Waste Arisings

    • Waste arisings up in 2021, reflecting resumption in economic activity
    • Construction and demolition waste accounts for around 47% of total waste generation
    • Commercial and industrial waste volumes recover in 2021
    • Pandemic disrupts recent downward trend in household waste arisings
    • Levels of food waste return to pre-pandemic levels
      • Figure 5: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2017-21
    • Construction output
      • Figure 6: UK construction output, 2017-21
    • Household waste
      • Figure 7: UK household waste arisings, by nation, 2016-20
      • Figure 8: Composition of waste from English households, 2021, (000 tonnes)
    • Composition of dry recycling from English households
      • Figure 9: Composition of dry recycling from English households, % of total, 2011 and 2021
  5. Waste Collection

    • Local authority waste management expenditure
      • Figure 10: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2019-22
    • 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
  6. Waste Treatment

      • Figure 15: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2016/17-2020/21
    • Waste infrastructure
      • Figure 16: Number and capacity of permitted final treatment facilities, UK and England, 2018
    • EfW capacity
    • Steps taken to reduce emissions from EfW facilities
    • Significant investment in UK recycling infrastructure is vital to creating a circular economy
    • Decline of landfill
      • Figure 17: Landfill capacity trends in England, 2010-20
    • Recycling rates
    • Household waste recycling rates
      • Figure 18: UK household waste recycling rate, by nation, 2015-19
    • Packaging waste recycling rates
      • Figure 19: Packaging recycling and recovery targets, 2018-22
      • Figure 20: UK packaging waste and recycling/recovery rate, by material, 2019 and 2020 (tonnes)
    • More government action needed to boost recycling rates
    • Issues surrounding plastic waste exports
  7. Market Forecast

    • Move to circular economy set to shape market development
      • Figure 21: Waste management and recycling outlook, 2022-26
    • Forecast waste arisings
      • Figure 22: Forecast of waste arisings in the UK, 2022-26
      • Figure 23: Forecast of household waste arisings in the UK (adjusted for COVID-19), 2022-26
    • Market drivers and assumptions
      • Figure 24: Key drivers affecting Mintel’s market forecast, 2015-26
    • Impact of Russia–Ukraine conflict
    • Forecast methodology
  8. Market Trends

    • Move to circular economy drives investment in waste infrastructure
    • Technological advancements
    • Waste management sector targets net zero emissions
  9. Market Drivers

    • Government proposals and actions to tackle plastic and packaging waste
    • Plastic Packaging Tax
    • Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging
    • Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers
    • Consistency in recycling collections
    • Separate weekly food waste collections
    • Circular Economy Package
    • UK Plastic Pact aims to create circular economy for plastics
    • WRAP sets out roadmap to recycle flexible plastic
    • Landfill tax hikes incentivise recycling and alternative ways of managing and disposing waste
      • Figure 25: Landfill tax rates, £ per tonne, 1 April 2018-22
  10. Industry Structure

    • Industry development
    • M&A activity
    • Changes in the structure of the industry
      • Figure 26: Analysis of changes in the structure of the waste management industry, number of outlets and businesses, 2017-21
    • Structure by turnover
      • Figure 27: Analysis of the financial structure of the waste management industry, £’000 and number of businesses, 2020 and 2021
    • Structure by employment
      • Figure 28: Analysis of the employment structure of the waste management industry, 2020 and 2021
  11. Company Profiles

    • Biffa
    • Biffa acquires Viridor’s collection business and recycling assets
    • Other recent acquistional activity
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 29: Financial analysis of Biffa Plc, 2017-21
      • Figure 30: Turnover analysis of Biffa, by business segment, 2021, (£ million and %)
    • Company strategy
    • European Metal Recycling
    • EMR cuts hundreds of jobs due to impact of COVID-19
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 31: Financial analysis of European Metal Recycling, 2016-20
    • Company strategy
    • FCC Environment (UK)
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 32: Financial analysis of FCC Environment (UK), 2016-20
    • Company strategy
    • Renewi
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 33: Financial analysis of Renewi, 2017-21
      • Figure 34: Turnover analysis of Renewi, by geographic segment, 2021 (€m and %)
    • Company strategy
    • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK
    • Veolia/Suez merger
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, 2016-20
    • Company strategy
    • Veolia Environmental Services (UK)
    • Veolia/Suez merger
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), 2016-20
    • Company strategy
    • Viridor
    • Pennon Group sells Viridor to KKR
    • Viridor disposes of collection business and other assets
    • Financial performance
      • Figure 37: Financial analysis of Viridor, 2017-21
    • Company strategy and outlook
  12. Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

    • Abbreviations
    • Methodology
  13. Further Sources and Contacts

    • Trade associations
    • Environmental Services Association
    • Renewable Energy Association
    • The British Metals Recycling Association
    • The Chartered Institute of Wastes Management
    • The Recycling Association Ltd
    • The Waste Resources and Action Programme
    • Trade magazines
    • CIWM Journal
    • Edie.net
    • Environmental Health News
    • Environment Times
    • Envirotec
    • Facilitate Magazine
    • Letsrecycle.com
    • Materials Recycling World
    • Recycling & Waste World
    • Trade events
    • LARAC Conference 2022
    • RWM & Letsrecycle Live 2022

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