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Sorted Material Recovery in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sorted Material Recovery Market Research Report | SIC E38.320 | Nov 2016

Wasting away: Falling commodity prices have hindered industry growth in recent years

IBISWorld’s Sorted Material Recovery market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operators in the Sorted Material Recovery industry recycle materials that are then sold to wholesalers, reprocessors and manufacturers. IBISWorld estimates that 73% of industry revenue in the current year is derived from gate fees and the sorting and recovery of metals. Gate fees are charges levied upon a given quantity of waste received at a facility. The industry has endured difficult operating conditions over the past five years, as falls in the prices of key commodities such as steel, iron and other metals weighed on industry revenue. Additionally, falling waste levels over the past five years has dampened industry revenue. Fees to local authorities also represent a significant cost to operators; operators pay waste suppliers for the materials processed at recycling centres... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Over the past five years the Sorted Material Recovery industry has endured a challenging operating environment. Industry performance is dependent on waste volumes, recycling rates, public policies and the amount firms can charge for sorting recyclables. Industry revenue is also dependent on the price that sorted materials can be sold for. Over the five years through 2016-17, a changing operating environment is estimated to lead to industry revenue declining. Industry revenue is forecast to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.7% over the five years through 2016-17, to reach £7.5 billion. The poor performance of the industry can largely be attributed to falling commodity prices and lower prices for scrap metals. In the current year industry revenue is forecast to fall by 3%. Thi.. purchase to read more


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What is the Sorted Material Recovery Industry?

This industry comprises firms that sort and recover recyclable material such as metal, paper, plastic and glass from mixed waste. It includes the operation of material recovery facilities (MRFs) and sorting of scrap metal.

Industry Products
Gate feesMetalPaperGlassOther sorted materials
Industry Activities
Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials from non-hazardous waste streamsOperating facilities where co-mingled recyclable materials are sorted into distinct categories

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