UK Waste Management and Recycling market report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Waste Management and Recycling market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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This report will explore the following key questions regarding waste management in the UK:
- What impact has the Brexit vote had on the market?
- How have waste trajectories changed over the past year?
- What have been the drivers of market activity in the past year?
- What does the future look like for the waste management industry?
This report analyses the source of waste arisings 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 available to commercial contractors.
For the purpose of the report, the sources of waste arisings 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 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. This also includes waste collected from civic amenity sites, any waste collected for recycling or composting through bring/drop off schemes and kerb-side collection.
- Commercial Waste - waste arising from any premises 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 by Defra 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"".
Roughly 89% of municipal waste comprises household waste, with the remaining 11% included in other sections, such as commercial, industrial, and construction and demolition, for the purposes of the market size sector of this report.
The report occasionally refers to gross value added (GVA), which is an economic measure that quantifies how much a sector contributes to the economy by taking away input costs from the value of the sector’s output.
- FCC Environment (UK)
- SUEZ Environmental
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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 UK continues to edge towards a more circular economy, marked by huge growth in energy-from-waste and the move away from landfill. However, energy-from-waste capacity remains someway off that required to ultimately replace landfill, while the UK continues to rely on EU exports to fulfill this deficit; a relationship that could face great upheaval in the coming years. In light of the air of uncertainty hanging over the industry, the UK could temporarily resort back to landfill, thereby slowing recent declines in its capacity.
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