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Scrap Metal Recycling in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Scrap Metal Recycling

The Scrap Metal Recycling industry collects and processes both ferrous (iron-based) and nonferrous metals. Recycling typically involves sorting, shearing, shredding and torching the metal before selling it to steel mills, foundries and other industrial consumers, which then use it as an input for their products. Metal recycling has become more popular over the past few decades because it offers energy savings and cost benefits when compared with primary production, which requires extracting metals from mined ores. Despite these advantages, industry operators have experienced losses over the past five years due to the cyclical nature of metal prices on world markets. Over the five years to 2018, the prices of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals have fallen sharply, devaluing inventory and inducing losses. Prices of industry metals will continue to remain volatile over the next five years. The uncertainty in metal prices will be aided by imposition of tariffs on upstream metal production. Furthermore, increased domestic production could potentially increase supply and lower prices of metals industry operators recycle.

Operators in this industry are engaged in the collection, processing and recycling of ferrous metals, such as iron and steel, and nonferrous metals, such as aluminum, copper and nickel. The typical recycling process involves sorting, shearing, shredding, torching and baling scrap metal to be sold to downstream metal smelters for further processing.

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 Price of nonferrous metals
    • 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 Industry trade balance
    • Table Exports To ...
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
    • Table Trade Globalization
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Sims Metal Management Ltd. (US industry-specifi c segment) – 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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