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UK Recycling market report

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

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

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Written by Marco Amasanti, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The value of the UK recycling market rose again over 2017, though margins narrowed in line with increasingly difficult market conditions. These conditions are set to be exacerbated in the coming years given the recent Chinese ban on imported plastic waste, government budget constraints, and the finalisation of Brexit negotiations. Despite this, the market is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, though margins will remain pressured. Marco Amasanti
B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • By value
          • Figure 1: UK recycling market value, £ million, 2013-17
        • By volume
          • Figure 2: UK recycling market volume, million tonnes, 2013-17
        • Market segmentation
          • Household recycling
            • Figure 3: UK household waste arisings, by nation, '000 tonnes, 2012-16
            • Figure 4: UK household recycling rates, by nation, 2012-16
          • Commercial & industrial recycling
            • Figure 5: UK commercial and industrial waste arisings and recycling, ‘000 tonnes and recycling rate, 2012-16
          • Market factors
            • National differences
              • Composition of household dry recycling
                • Figure 6: Composition of household dry recycling, in England, % of total, 2016
              • Growing scrutiny on plastics
                • Build-up of plastic wastes
                  • Further increases to the landfill directive
                    • Market forecasts
                      • Figure 7: UK recycling forecast market value, £ million, 2018-22
                    • The significance of China’s ban on foreign waste
                      • National Living Wage growth
                        • Technological progress
                          • What we think
                          • Introduction

                              • Definitions
                                • Abbreviations
                                  • Market positioning
                                  • Key Insights

                                      • How has the Brexit vote impacted the recycling market over the past year?
                                        • What needs to be done over the next two years?
                                          • How does the future look for the UK recycling market?
                                          • Overview

                                              • Figure 8: Forecast GDP development, % growth, 2017-22
                                              • Figure 9: UK GDP quarterly development, 2004-17
                                            • Inflation
                                              • House prices
                                                • Figure 10: UK house price changes, % change, 2006-17
                                              • Interest rates
                                                • Consumer spending
                                                  • Manufacturing
                                                    • Figure 11: UK manufacturing, 2014-17
                                                  • Business investment
                                                    • Figure 12: UK GFCF, £ million, 2003-17
                                                  • Imports
                                                    • Exports
                                                    • Market Size

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • The market
                                                          • By value
                                                            • Figure 13: UK recycling market value, £ million, 2013-17
                                                          • By volume
                                                            • Figure 14: UK recycling market volume, million tonnes, 2013-17
                                                        • Market Segmentation

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Household recycling
                                                              • Figure 15: UK household waste arisings, by nation, '000 tonnes, 2012-16
                                                              • Figure 16: UK household waste sent for recycling, by nation, '000 tonnes, 2012-16
                                                              • Figure 17: UK household recycling rates, by nation, 2012-16
                                                            • Commercial & industrial recycling
                                                              • Figure 18: UK commercial and industrial waste arisings and recycling, ‘000 tonnes and recycling rate, 2012-16
                                                          • Market Factors

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • National differences
                                                                • Figure 19: Percentage of local authorities collecting residual waste, by frequency, 2016/17
                                                                • Figure 20: Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material, by material, 2016/17
                                                                • Figure 21: Percentage of local authorities operating each dry recycling scheme, by scheme, 2016/17
                                                              • Composition of household dry recycling
                                                                • Figure 22: Composition of household dry recycling, in England, % of total, 2016
                                                              • Growing scrutiny on plastics
                                                                • Build-up of plastic wastes
                                                                  • Further increases to landfill tax rates
                                                                    • Figure 23: Landfill tax rates, £ per tonne, 1st April 2016-18
                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                  • Key points
                                                                    • Industry development
                                                                      • Industry by structure
                                                                        • Figure 24: Analysis of changes in the UK recycling industry, outlets and businesses, % change, 2013-17
                                                                      • Industry by turnover
                                                                        • Figure 25: Financial analysis of the UK recycling industry, £’000 and % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                      • Industry by employment
                                                                        • Figure 26: Analysis of the employment structure of the UK recycling industry, % of total, 2016 & 2017
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • Biffa Group Plc

                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                            • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Biffa Group Plc, £ million and % change, 2016-17
                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                          • Cory Environmental

                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Cory Environmental, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                              • European Metal Recycling

                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                    • Figure 29: Financial analysis of European Metal Recycling, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                  • FCC Environment (UK)

                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                        • Figure 30: Financial analysis of FCC Environment (UK), £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                      • Metal and Waste Recycling

                                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                                            • Figure 31: Financial analysis of metal and waste recycling, £ million and % change, 2013-17
                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                          • Renewi

                                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                                • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Renewi Plc, £ million and % change, 2013-17
                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                              • SUEZ Environmental

                                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                                    • Figure 33: Financial analysis of SUEZ Environmental, £ million and % change, 2012-16
                                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                                  • Veolia

                                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                                        • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), £ million and % change, 2009-13
                                                                                                      • Company strategy
                                                                                                      • Market Forecast

                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                          • The market
                                                                                                            • Figure 35: UK recycling forecast market value, £ million, 2018-22
                                                                                                          • Market segmentation
                                                                                                            • The significance of China’s ban on foreign waste
                                                                                                              • National Living Wage growth
                                                                                                                • Figure 36: Forecast national living wage growth, £ per hour, 2017-22
                                                                                                              • Technological progress
                                                                                                              • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                                                                • Trade associations
                                                                                                                  • Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation
                                                                                                                    • Aluminium Federation
                                                                                                                      • British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)
                                                                                                                        • British Plastics Federation
                                                                                                                          • Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association of Great Britain
                                                                                                                            • The Minor Metals Trade Association
                                                                                                                              • National Association of Waste Disposal Officers
                                                                                                                                • The Recycling Association
                                                                                                                                  • The Waste and Resources Action Programme
                                                                                                                                    • Resource Association
                                                                                                                                      • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                        • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                                          • Aluminium International Today
                                                                                                                                            • Aluminium Times
                                                                                                                                              • CIWM Journal
                                                                                                                                                • Materials Recycling World (Fortnightly)
                                                                                                                                                  • MBM - Metal Bulletin Monthly (Monthly)
                                                                                                                                                    • Resource (Monthly)
                                                                                                                                                      • Recycling & Waste World
                                                                                                                                                        • Recycling International (Monthly)
                                                                                                                                                          • Recycling Today Global (Every two months)
                                                                                                                                                            • Resource Management & Recovery
                                                                                                                                                              • Trade exhibitions
                                                                                                                                                                • Sustainability Live
                                                                                                                                                                  • Resource Efficiency & Waste Management Solutions