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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

The Sorted Material Recovery market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Veolia Environnement Veolia Environnement market share
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 Investment Chapter

The Sorted Material Recovery industry has a high level of capital intensity. Increasing level of automation within the industry has led to employment figures marginally falling over the five-year period ending 2016-17. Labour requirements tend to vary depending on what proportion of the sorting work is done manually and what proportion mechanically. Over the past five years, technological changes have increased the incidence of mechanical sorting, which includes eddy currents, magnetic pulleys, optical sensors and air classifiers. As the volume of material collected for recycling increases, larger MRFs with greater capacity are being built. Larger plants have greater economies of scale, including lower marginal operating and labour costs. In .. 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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