Reduce, reuse, recycle: Increased environmental regulation is expected to boost industry growth

The Recycling Facilities industry in Canada is expected to expand consistently over the five years to 2019. The industry accepts unsorted waste and recyclable materials and sorts them into specific recyclable material streams. Material recycling facilities (MRFs) range from small operators with labour-intensive processes to large-scale MRFs that employ technological machinery to process recyclables. The industry has performed well over the past five years, boosted by expanding efforts by federal and local governments to develop programs to manage waste responsibly. The industry's growth has been underpinned by the increase in recycling habits, which has increased the supply of waste, and therefore, demand for the industry's more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Technology will continue to play a significant role in the industry, as operators increasingly employ technologically advanced machinery
  • The industry benefited from demand for recycled material from downstream markets
  • The amount of waste generated will increase in line with population
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Operators in the Recycling Facilities industry in Canada gain revenue through the collection, processing and sale of recycled commodities. This process involves sorting through collected municipal solid waste generation to find and process recyclable materials. These materials are then sold to downstream customers or refined into raw materials for further processing. The industry recycles different types of waste, which differ in price, recycling process and downstream demand. The following segmentation of recycled materials is based on volume in tonnes and not revenue. Therefore, a high share of a product does not directly translate into a high share of revenue generation. The market segmentation offers a clearer picture of how each product is valued...purchase to read more.

    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
  • Having an extensive collection network
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from recyclable material wholesaling and Consumer spending in the Recycling Facilities industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Recycling Facilities Industry?

    This industry operates material recovery facilities that separate and sort recyclable materials from nonhazardous waste streams (i.e. garbage). Operators also sort commingled recyclable materials, such as paper, plastics, used beverage cans and metals into distinct categories.

    Industry Products
  • Paper materials
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Organics
  • Other materials
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials from nonhazardous waste streams
  • Operating facilities where commingled recyclable materials are sorted into distinct categories
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from recyclable material wholesaling
  • Consumer spending
  • Population
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Green policies promote industry growth
  • Demand for recycled materials
  • Technological advances fuel structural changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Higher recycling volumes
  • Increased regulation
  • Greater demand for recycled materials
  • Technology growth and industry landscape changes
  • Table: Recycling Facilities Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Recycling Facilities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Paper Mills in Canada
  • Cardboard Box & Container Manufacturing in Canada
  • Asphalt Manufacturing in Canada
  • Plastic & Resin Manufacturing in Canada
  • Plastic Pipe & Parts Manufacturing in Canada
  • Plastic Bottle Manufacturing in Canada
  • Glass Product Manufacturing in Canada
  • Iron & Steel Manufacturing in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Public Administration in Canada
  • Waste Treatment & Disposal Services in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Paper materials
  • Organics
  • Other materials
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Chart: Recycling Facilities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Recyclable scrap metal wholesalers
  • Other
  • Other recyclable material wholesalers
  • Recyclable paper wholesalers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Recycling Facilities Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    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
    Waste Management Inc., Terrapure Environmental,
  • Table: Waste Management Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Terrapure Environmental - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Recycling Facilities Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Demand from recyclable material wholesaling (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Eddy Current
  • Electric currents that create magnetic fields. Used to pull metal objects off of conveyor belts during the sorting of recyclable materials.
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Waste generated during production or other activities that, when improperly managed, can potentially pose a substantial hazard to human health or the environment.
  • Landfill
  • Designed, controlled and managed disposal site for solid waste spread in layers, compacted to the smallest practical volume and covered by material applied at the end of each operating day.
  • Material Recovery Facility (Mrf)
  • A specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for further processing or sale to downstream wholesalers and manufacturers.
  • Transfer Facility
  • A permanent facility where waste materials are taken from smaller collection vehicles and placed in larger vehicles for transport, including truck trailers, railroad cars or barges.
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