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UK Recycling Industry Trend, Growth and Research Report 2014

UK Recycling Industry Trend, Growth and Research Report 2014

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Over the last 15 years recycling has become a more common means of managing waste in the UK. This has been due to a combination of EU directive targets, which have placed a huge downward pressure on the amount of waste sent to landfill, and the public’s general behavioural shift towards reducing the waste they produce and its environment impact.

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However, over the last couple of years, recycling rates have started to stagnate and with the general economic outlook now better than since the financial crisis, the UK faces a tough challenge to maintain and improve its long-term recycling prospects. This recent trend has generated a need for organised recycling schemes, a larger number of recycling facilities and government programmes that further motivate or incentivise people to recycle. By providing further information on what materials can be recycled and by using innovative recycling methods, recycling will continue to play a key role in waste management.

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Executive Summary

Market size
Figure 1: UK Market for Recycling, by Value, 2009-2013
Figure 2: UK Recycling Market Size, by Volume, 2009/10-2013/14
Market trends
Figure 3: Percentage of Local Authorities Operating each dry recycle scheme, by country, 2013/14,
Figure 4: Crude Steel Production, by UK, 2009-2013
International trade
Figure 5: UK Waste and Scrap Import and Export Value, 2009-2013
Figure 6: UK Waste and Scrap Trade Surplus, 2009-2013
Market factors
The ongoing economic recovery poses challenges for recycling rates
Current collection methods have reached peak output and separate collections are the future
Metal recycling, a key industry driver, is subject to commodity price fluctuations
Higher quality recyclates are needed to compensate for a lack of recycling facilities
Figure 7: Forecast of UK Recycling Market Size, by volume, 2014/15-2018/19
Municipal and C & I recycling rates expected to rise in each of the next five years
Figure 8: Forecast of UK Municipal and C & I Recycling Rates, 2014/15-2018/19
What we think


Market positioning
Figure 9: UK Government Recycling Targets, 2014-2017 (%)

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UK Economy

Key points
Year-on-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 was revised up from zero to 0.3%.
Interest rates
Consumer spending
Business investment

Market Factors

Key points
Figure 10: Metals price index, 2009-2013
Figure 11: Metals Price Index, 2009-2013
Figure 12: Metals commodity prices, 2009-2013

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