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The Covid-19 outbreak is causing some disruption to waste and recycling services. While waste operatives have been classified as “key workers” by the government, allowing them to continue working during the government lockdown, many councils have begun to reduce their waste and recycling services, including closing household waste recycling centres, to protect the safety of the public and operatives. This could lead to a drop in household recycling rates in the shortterm.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

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

The Resources and Waste Strategy and subsequent Environment Bill provide clarity on how the government intends to achieve its circular economy ambitions, although key proposals remain subject to further consultation. The proposed policies have been welcomed by the UK waste management industry as they will provide a positive impetus to unlock investment in UK recycling and reprocessing capacity Claudia Preedy
B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Key issues covered in this Report
        • Covered in this Report
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • Figure 1: Forecast of waste arisings in the UK compared with expectations prior to COVID-19, 2019-24
            • Impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste management and recycling sector
              • Figure 2: Expected impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste management and recycling sector, short, medium and long-term, 29 April 2020
            • Waste arisings
              • Total waste generation up by an estimated 1% to 158.3 million tonnes in 2019
                • Figure 3: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2015-19
              • Waste collection
                • Recycling accounts for 18% of total waste management budgets in 2018/19
                  • Figure 4: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2018/19
                • Waste treatment
                  • Shift from landfill disposal towards recycling and incineration with EfW
                    • Significant investment into UK recycling and reprocessing capacity required
                      • Industry argues for the need to build more EfW facilities to avoid a shortage in waste treatment infrastructure
                        • Landfill represented just 10.8% of waste treatment in 2018/19
                          • Figure 5: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2014/15-2018/19
                        • Companies and brands
                          • Consolidation remains key theme in industry
                            • What we think
                            • The Impact of COVID-19 on Waste Management and Recycling

                              • Short, medium and long-term impact on the industry
                                • Figure 5: Expected impact of COVID-19 on the UK waste management and recycling sector, short, medium and long-term, 29 April 2020
                              • Opportunities and threats
                                • Higher proportion of recyclables likely to end up in residual waste stream
                                  • Waste management industry shows resilience in the face of COVID-19 crisis
                                    • COVID-19 could lead to the delayed implementation of policies supporting the move towards a circular economy
                                      • Impact on the waste management and recycling market
                                        • Figure 6: Forecast of waste arisings in the UK compared with expectations prior to COVID-19, 2019-24
                                      • How a COVID-19 recession will reshape the waste management and recycling sector
                                        • Government spending cuts will impact local authority spending on waste services…
                                          • …and the construction and commercial sectors will also suffer as a result of the slowdown
                                            • Figure 7: Annual change in construction output (volume), 2000-2019
                                          • COVID-19: UK context
                                          • Issues and Insights

                                            • Proposed government policies to drive significant investment in UK reprocessing and recycling infrastructure
                                              • The facts
                                                • The implications
                                                • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                                  • Residual waste represents 55% of household waste in England
                                                    • Recycling rates in England have stalled since 2013
                                                      • Incineration with EfW accounts for 43% of municipal waste treatment
                                                        • Around 40% of local authorities do not offer separately collected food waste
                                                          • Scrutiny on plastic and packaging waste supports the need for greater domestic recycling and processing capability
                                                          • Waste Arisings

                                                              • Total waste generation up by an estimated 1% to 158.3 million tonnes in 2019
                                                                  • Figure 7: Waste arisings in the UK, by sector, 2015-19
                                                                • Construction output
                                                                  • Figure 8: UK construction output, 2015-19
                                                                • Household waste
                                                                  • Figure 9: UK household waste arisings, by nation, 2014-18
                                                                  • Figure 10: Composition of waste from England households, 2018, (000 tonnes)
                                                                • Composition of dry recycling from English households
                                                                  • Figure 11: Composition of dry recycling from English households, % of total, 2018/19
                                                              • Waste Collection

                                                                • Local authority waste management expenditure
                                                                  • Figure 12: England budget revenue expenditure on waste management, net current expenditure, 2017/18-2019/20
                                                                • Local authority waste collection
                                                                    • Figure 13: UK household residual waste collection, by frequency, 2017/18
                                                                    • Figure 14: Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material, by material, 2017/18
                                                                    • Figure 15: Percentage of local authorities collecting each dry material, by material, 2017/18
                                                                • Waste Treatment

                                                                      • Figure 16: Local authority collected waste treatment, England, ‘000 tonnes, 2014/15-2018/19
                                                                    • Waste infrastructure
                                                                        • Figure 17: Number and capacity of permitted final treatment facilities, UK and England, 2016
                                                                      • Decline of landfill
                                                                        • Figure 18: Landfill capacity trends in England, 2008-18
                                                                      • Recycling rates
                                                                        • Household waste recycling rates
                                                                          • Figure 19: UK household waste recycling rate, by nation, 2014-18
                                                                        • Packaging waste recycling rates
                                                                            • Figure 20: Packaging recycling and recovery targets, 2016-20
                                                                            • Figure 21: Proposed UK packaging recycling targets, 2025 and 2030
                                                                            • Figure 22: UK packaging waste and recycling / recovery, by material, 2017
                                                                        • Market Forecast

                                                                            • Figure 23: Forecast of waste arisings in the UK compared with expectations prior to COVID-19, 2019-24
                                                                            • Figure 24: Forecast of household waste arisings in the UK (adjusted for COVID-19), 2019-24
                                                                          • Market trends
                                                                            • Technological advancements
                                                                            • The Impact of the Economy

                                                                              • Annual GDP growth remains sluggish in 2019
                                                                                  • Figure 25: Annual GDP growth rate, 2015-2019, (% change)
                                                                              • Market Drivers

                                                                                • Government proposals to tackle plastic and packaging waste
                                                                                  • Environment Bill aims to introduce key policy proposals set out in Resources and Waste Strategy
                                                                                    • Following years of cuts, Defra receives a funding boost between 2019 and 2021
                                                                                      • UK Plastic Pact aims to create circular economy for plastics
                                                                                        • Overseas export bans on plastic waste
                                                                                          • Scrutiny on plastic and packaging waste supports the need for greater domestic recycling and processing capability
                                                                                            • Growing issue of food waste
                                                                                                • Figure 26: UK household food waste collections, by nation, 2017/18
                                                                                              • Landfill tax hikes incentivise recycling and alternative ways of managing and disposing waste
                                                                                                • Figure 27: Landfill tax rates, £ per tonne, 1st April 2016-20
                                                                                            • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                                                              • UK waste management services industry dominated by the “Big Five”
                                                                                                • The UK’s largest operator Veolia focusses on growing the portion of its business tied to the ‘circular economy’
                                                                                                  • Biffa prioritises acquisitions in collections business, EfW and plastic recycling solutions
                                                                                                    • Viridor claims to have the UK’s largest network of 300+ advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities
                                                                                                    • Industry Structure

                                                                                                      • Industry development
                                                                                                        • Appetite for M&A activity remains across the waste management industry
                                                                                                          • Changes in the structure of the industry
                                                                                                              • Figure 28: Analysis of changes in the structure of the waste management industry, number of outlets and businesses, 2015-19
                                                                                                            • Structure by turnover
                                                                                                              • Figure 29: Analysis of the financial structure of the waste management industry, £’000 and number of businesses, 2018 and 2019
                                                                                                            • Structure by employment
                                                                                                              • Figure 30: Analysis of the employment structure of the waste management industry, 2018 and 2019
                                                                                                          • Company Profiles

                                                                                                            • Biffa
                                                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                    • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Biffa Plc, 2016-19
                                                                                                                    • Figure 32: Turnover analysis of Biffa, by business segment, 2019, (£ million and %)
                                                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                                                    • European Metal Recycling
                                                                                                                      • Recent company activity in the UK
                                                                                                                        • Financial performance
                                                                                                                          • Figure 33: Financial analysis of European Metal Recycling, 2014-18
                                                                                                                        • Company strategy
                                                                                                                          • FCC Environment (UK)
                                                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                              • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                • Figure 34: Financial analysis of FCC Environment (UK), 2014-18
                                                                                                                              • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                • Renewi
                                                                                                                                  • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                      • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Renewi, 2015-19
                                                                                                                                      • Figure 36: Turnover analysis of Renewi, by business segment, 2018-19
                                                                                                                                      • Figure 37: Turnover analysis of Renewi, by geographic segment, 2019, (€m and %)
                                                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                      • SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK
                                                                                                                                        • Recent company activity in the UK
                                                                                                                                          • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                            • Figure 38: Financial analysis of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK, 2014-18
                                                                                                                                          • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                            • Veolia Environmental Services (UK)
                                                                                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 39: Financial analysis of Veolia Environmental Services (UK), 2015-19
                                                                                                                                                • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                                  • Viridor
                                                                                                                                                    • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 40: Financial analysis of Viridor, 2015-19
                                                                                                                                                    • Company strategy and outlook
                                                                                                                                                    • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                                                                        • Abbreviations
                                                                                                                                                          • Methodology
                                                                                                                                                          • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                                                            • Trade associations
                                                                                                                                                              • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                                                                • Trade events

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                                                                                                                                                                • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                  What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                  Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                  Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                  New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                  Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                  What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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