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Recycling Facilities in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Recycling Facilities in the US

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. The number of small industry operators will grow as small communities across the country develop recycling programs.

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.

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 (2017)
    • 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 (2017)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2017)
    • Table Business Locations 2017
    • 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-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Republic Services Inc. (industry-specific operations) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Volatility vs Growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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