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Recycling Facilities in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Recycling Facilities in Canada

The Recycling Facilities industry in Canada 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. However, following strong years of growth in the decade leading up to the reporting period, industry growth has notably lagged in recent years. This has been partly due to declining commodity prices, which have pushed down the price of plastic, eroding the cost advantage of recycled plastic.

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.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Demand from recyclable material wholesaling
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Waste Management Inc. (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Terrapure Environmental (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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