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Recycling Facilities in the US: Market Research Report

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Recycling Facilities Market Research Report | NAICS 56292 | Apr 2017

One man's trash: Industry revenue will increase following a drop in commodity prices and rise in population

The Recycling Facilities 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.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • State and local government funding for recycling services has increased
  • Much of the revenue volatility in the industry is due to volatility in commodity pricing
  • As the amount of waste produced grows, policies that encourage recycling will expand
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Recycling Facilities industry has experienced mixed results over the past five years, with revenue projected to decline. Strong demand for recycling services can primarily be attributed to increasing public environmental consciousness. With concerns rising over the environmental and public health impacts that landfills present, state and local government funding for recycling services, an alternative to landfills, has increased. However, revenue declines of the past five years have been tied to a drop in commodity prices. Although the market for recycled commodities is still relatively new, the sale of recycled materials had grown. Over the next five years, the industry is expected to grow as demand for recycling services increases and commodity prices rise... ... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Although rising environmental consciousness has led to the expansion of recycling programs around the country, the decline in fuel prices has translated into falling commodity prices, pushing the Recycling Facilities industry into decline. Following substantial growth during the beginning of the period, industry operators’ revenue has contracted as a result of falling oil prices, which have pushed down the price of key commodities. As a result, industry revenue is projected to contract at an annualized rate of 1.9% to $5.5 billion over the five years to 2017. However, this decline represents an aberration in the long-run expansion of the industry and is expected to reverse itself this year.

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Additional Insights for the Recycling Facilities Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Recycling Facilities Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from recyclable material wholesaling and Population in the Recycling Facilities industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Recycling Facilities Industry?

    This industry operates recycling facilities, which separate and sort recyclable materials such as paper, plastic and glass from waste streams. Operators also sort commingled recyclable materials into distinct categories, as well as refine goods into recycled commodities (i.e. convert plastic bottles into raw plastic) and sell recycled materials to manufacturers and wholesalers. This industry does not include government bodies that directly provide these services to the public.

    Industry Products
    Recyclable material recovery and processingSale of recycled materialsRecyclables collection services
    Industry Activities
    Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials from nonhazardous waste streamsOperating facilities where commingled 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
  • Demand from recyclable material wholesaling
  • Population
  • Price of paper
  • Price of plastic materials and resin
  • Regulation for the Waste Treatment and Disposal Services sector
  • World price of crude oil
  • Current Performance
  • Environmental consciousness generates growth
  • Volatile recycled material sales
  • Expansion of larger companies
  • Volatile profit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Increased waste
  • Expansion of recycling programs
  • Sales of recycled materials
  • Profit
  • Table: Recycling Facilities Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Recycling Facilities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Paper Mills
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing
  • Plastic Pipe & Parts Manufacturing
  • Plastic Bottle Manufacturing
  • Glass Product Manufacturing
  • Metal Can & Container Manufacturing
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Industrial Machinery & Equipment Wholesaling
  • Waste Collection Services
  • Waste Treatment & Disposal Services
  • Products & Services
  • Recyclable material recovery and processing
  • Sale of recycled materials
  • Other
  • Recyclables collection services
  • Chart: Recycling Facilities Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Environmental consciousness
  • Economic growth and waste production
  • Paper, plastic and other commodity prices
  • Major Markets
  • Private businesses, including recyclable commodity wholesalers and m
  • Municipal governments
  • State governments, nonprofit organizations and individuals
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Recycling Facilities Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Recycling Facilities
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Recycling Facilities Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Waste Management Inc.
    Republic Services Inc.
  • Table: Waste Management Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Republic Services Inc. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Recycling Facilities 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 Recycling Facilities Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • World price of crude oil (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Deposit-Refund System
  • A system in which bottles purchased from retailers come attached with an added deposit cost. Consumers can return these bottles to recycling facilities in order to redeem this cost.
  • Eddy Current
  • Electric currents that create magnetic fields. Used to pull metal objects off of conveyor belts during the sorting of recyclable materials.
  • Inorganic Municipal Solid Waste
  • Municipal solid waste, excluding food waste, yard trimmings and other organic wastes.
  • Material Recovery Facility
  • A specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for further processing or sale to downstream wholesalers and manufacturers.
  • Municipal Solid Waste (Msw)
  • Non-hazardous waste produced by households and commercial and retail operations.
  • Processing Facility
  • Facility where separated recyclable materials received from a material recovery facility are broken down and reformed into commodities that can be used as inputs in the production of new goods.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Recycling Facilities market research report includes:
    • 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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