Plastic Recycling Market to Generate Revenue Worth $64,139.7 Million by 2024

  • Published: October 2019

The global plastic recycling market generated revenue of $41,238.8 million in 2018, which is expected to reach $64,139.7 million by 2024, progressing at a CAGR of 8.6% during the 2019–2024 period. The growth in the market is primarily attributed to the increasing pressure to reduce waste dumping, growing installation of plastic recycling facilities in North American and European countries, and rising demand for reprocessed materials by end-use industries.

In 2018, the food and beverage industry accounted for the largest generation of plastic waste for the production of recycled plastics. The industry accounted for recycled plastics of 26,484.0 kilotons in 2018, which is expected to reach 42,845.7 kilotons by 2024, at a CAGR of 8.7% during the forecast period. In future, the increasing number of policies and initiatives regarding food and beverage plastic waste, such as eco-modulation of packaging fees, extended producer responsibility agreements (EPRs) for food and beverage manufacturers, and improvements in the packaging design to improve recyclability, are expected to assist the market to ramp up its recycling volume.

Ban on import of plastic waste by China and shift of plastic recycling operations to South Asian countries the key market trends

In December 2017, the Chinese government imposed a blanket ban on the import of 24 kinds of waste materials, including non-industrial plastic waste. An unprecedented move, it sent shockwaves across the global recycling market. The imposition of this ban has resulted in the disruption of global plastic waste exports, with even China-based reprocessing facilities being forced to shift their base to South Asian countries, such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Vietnam.

Government policies and initiatives to increase adoption of recycled products

The increasing outcry by environmental agencies and non-government organizations, prevalence of low-volume domestic recycling capacities, and rising concerns of individuals across the globe about high pollution levels have led to an increased focus on integrating recycling to operations in several countries. Other initiatives such as monetary support to recyclers, product stewardship programs, and increasing compliance under the EPR program are further expected to draw investments in the plastic recycling market. For instance, in October 2018, in the early aftermath of the Chinese import ban, the European Union (EU) launched its premier European Strategy for Plastics for the complete integration of recyclable plastics in the packaging industry by 2030.

Segmentation Analysis of Plastic Recycling Market

Plastic Recycling Market

Packaging plastics account for a high-volume demand for recycling as they generate the highest volume of waste, owing to their short-use lifecycle. Innovations in plastic processing and recycling have allowed the processing of such waste materials to retain the required consistency in storage capability, properties, and even visual attributes. Additionally, the case for the integration of recycled plastics, such as bottle-to-bottle, in packaging in future is made stronger by the fact that it requires low electricity costs and is environmentally feasible over the production and adoption of virgin materials.

Historically, PE was the most recycled material in the global plastic recycling market. The volume size of this category is projected to witness a CAGR of 8.7% during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the combination of three factors: the high production volume of virgin PE, high waste generation and disposal rate, and an appreciable recycling rate for this plastic type.

Geographical Analysis of Plastic Recycling Market

APAC accounted for the largest volume share, of 62.7%, in the global plastic recycling market in 2018. The region accounts for high-volume recycling capacities, owing to the high-volume imports of plastic waste and availability of domestic waste, and low labor costs, which allow for smooth labor-intensive allied operations, such as collection, cleaning, and sorting. Both these factors have assisted in the development of low-to-high volume reprocessing facilities in several countries in the region, such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India.

The European plastic recycling market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR, of 9.1%, in terms of volume, during the forecast period. The growth of the market in the region is attributable to the development of domestic recycling facilities, government initiatives for resurging local manufacturing, and environment sustainability targets aimed at integrating recycled products across the packaging supply chain.

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Competitive Landscape of Plastic Recycling Market

The global plastic recycling market is highly fragmented in nature, and MBA Polymers Inc., Phoenix Technologies International LLC, Vikoz Enterprises Inc., Terracycle, KW Plastics, DS Smith PLC, PETCO, CarbonLITE Industries, Waste Connections Inc., and Custom Polymers Inc. are some of the players engaged in plastic recycling.

The players are fairly active, considering the number of capacity expansions, mergers and acquisitions, and other developments taking place in the market. For instance, in June 2019, Suez SA announced plans to build a plastic recycling plant near Bangkok, Thailand. The proposed plant is expected to process around 30,000 tons of locally collected post-consumer low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) film waste per year.

Some other important players operating in the plastic recycling market are Astron Plastics, Biffa PLC, Clean Tech Incorporated, Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, Delta Plastics, Enviroplast Inc., and Hirsch Kunststoff GmbH.

Plastic Recycling Market Segmentation

Market Segmentation by Source

  • Packaging
    • Bottles
    • Films
    • Others
  • Sheets
  • Pipes
  • Wires and Cables
  • Molded Products
  • Others

Market Segmentation by Type

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Others

Market Segmentation by Industry

  • Household and Personal Care
  • Food and Beverage
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Others

Market Segmentation by Geography

  • North America Plastic Recycling Market
    • By source
    • By type
    • By industry
    • By country – U.S. and Canada
  • Europe Plastic Recycling Market
    • By source
    • By type
    • By industry
    • By country – Germany, U.K., Italy, France, Spain, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC) Plastic Recycling Market
    • By source
    • By type
    • By industry
    • By country – China, Japan, India, and Rest of APAC
  • Latin America (LATAM) Plastic Recycling Market
    • By source
    • By type
    • By industry
    • By country – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Rest of LATAM
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA) Plastic Recycling Market
    • By source
    • By type
    • By industry
    • By country – Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Qatar, and Rest of MEA