Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Firms in the Waste and Scrap Wholesaling industry wholesale or resell metal and non-metal waste and scrap that has been recovered, processed and sorted into secondary raw materials. These firms may carry out these processes directly or may purchase the processed raw materials from recycling firms. These products are sold to downstream customers, usually manufacturers, or are exported. Products include metal waste from cars, railway wagons and washing machines that is purchased and resold to metal product manufacturers. Further, plastic and rubber that has been processed into pellets or granulates are purchased by firms in the industry and resold to other firms for further recycling and processing... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
As the industry's largest product segment, metal waste and scrap are estimated to account for 36% of revenue in 2012-13. This is up slightly from 2009-10, when lower prices reduced the segment's value. Metal is mainly extracted from vehicles, food and drink cans, and general household and business products. It is melted or processed into ingots and bars for wholesale distribution, usually to manufacturers. Major world metal prices can have a large influence on the industry's product structure, and can greatly influence purchase and selling prices. The recession limited this segment's growth potential as supply and demand declined in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
The paper and cardboard segment is the second largest in the industry, accounting for an estimated 15% of revenue in 2012-13... purchase to read more