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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 provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Industry revenue has declined steadily due to falling commodity prices and waste leves
  • Public concerns and government initiatives have greatly increased the UK's recycling rates
  • Rising commodity prices are expected to support an increase in revenue over the next five years
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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 Key Buyers Chapter

The Sorted Material Recovery industry is estimated to have a low level of market share concentration. The four largest companies in the industry – Veolia, Suez, Biffa and Viridor – are estimated to have a combined market share of 14.2% in 2016-17. Over the past five years the level of market share concentration has fallen, this can be attributed to increasing competition within the industry. The industry is very fragmented, with over 70% of industry operators employing fewer than 10 people. The industry's capacity is rapidly expanding, mainly because a handful of companies are building very large MRFs capable of sorting more than 250,000 tonnes of material per year.

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Additional Insights for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry are

  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Upstream vertical integration (ownership links)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Industrial production index and World price of steel in the Sorted Material Recovery industry impact industry performance... 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

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steel
  • Total value of construction
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Number of households
  • Current Performance
  • Not so precious metals
  • Public concerns
  • Gate fees pile up
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Referendum effect
  • Recycling rates and prices
  • Increased capacity
  • Table: Sorted Material Recovery Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sorted Material Recovery Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Paper & Paperboard Manufacturing
  • Plastic Packing Goods Manufacturing
  • Hollow Glass Manufacturing
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Non-Hazardous Waste Collection
  • Products & Services
  • Metal
  • Gate fees
  • Other sorted materials
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Chart: Sorted Material Recovery Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Local authorities
  • Commercial and business firms
  • Industrial firms
  • Construction firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sorted Material Recovery
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Veolia Environnement SA
  • Table: Veolia Environnement SA - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Sorted Material Recovery Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • Compacting recyclables such as plastic and paper into stacks that can be easily transported.
  • Municipal Waste
  • A waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public.
  • Recyclable Material
  • Material that can be recovered from the waste stream for reuse.
  • Virgin Material
  • Material that has been extracted or produced without being recycled.

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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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