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Global Recycled Plastics Market to Reach USD 53.5 Billion by 2026, Aided by the Growing Environmental Concerns

According to a new report by EMR titled, ‘Global Recycled Plastics Market Report and Forecast 2021-2026’, the global market size for recycled plastics was around USD 37.5 billion in 2020. The industry is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% between 2021 and 2026 to attain a value of around USD 53.5 billion by 2026.

The growing demand for recycled plastic products in various industries owing to the rising environmental concern is driving the growth of the recycled plastics industry globally. The growing demand for sustainable approach due to issues like climate change and global warming is supporting the industry. On the basis of type, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the most popular recycled plastic. Further, the non-food contact packaging is the leading application sector in the industry. North America represents the leading recycled plastic market owing to the presence of stringent government regulations for the disposal of plastic waste and increased consumer awareness. On the other hand, the emerging nations like China are expected to provide increased growth opportunities to the market owing to the rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in the region, which in turn, drives the demand for waste management.

Some of the leading players in the global recycled plastics industry include Carbonlite Inc. and UltrePET, LLC. Currently, CarbonLITE is the largest manufacturer of food-grade Post-consumer Recycled PET across the world. The company recycles over 7 billion bottles each year to be remade anew. Other players in the industry, such as Veolia Environnement SA (OTCMKTS: VEOEY), are focusing on expanding their business in the high growth markets. In January 2020, Veolia signed an agreement to take over the hazardous waste treatment site of Alcoa USA Corporation in Gum Springs, Arkansas, USA, via its subsidiary Veolia North America. This transaction was aimed at enhancing the overall development of Veolia’s hazardous waste treatment and recycling business in North America. Further, Veolia also operates the two largest hazardous waste treatment sites in Europe. Thus, with this step, the company has added a new flagship site to its asset portfolio. Such developments are expected to aid the growth of the global recycled plastics industry over the next five years.

Market Breakup by Plastic Type, Raw Material, Application, and Region:

  • On the basis of plastic type, the global recycled plastics industry has been divided into polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), and low density polyethylene (LDPE), among others.
  • Based on raw material, the industry has been categorised into plastic bottles, plastic films, rigid plastic and foam, and fibres, among others. 
  • The industry, based on application, has been categorised into non-food contact packaging, food contact packaging, construction, and automotive, among others. 
  • Region-wise, the global recycled plastics industry can be divided into North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

Key Findings of the Report:

  • The global market for recycled plastics is being driven by rising awareness regarding sustainability and the growing need to curb plastic waste across the globe. 
  • Rapid technological advancements allow for a wider variety of plastic to be recycled into high-quality resins, which is providing further impetus to the industry. 
  • Increased research and development (R&D) activities and the need for improved waste management solutions are expected to provide a further boost to the industry. 
  • Stringent government regulations and the launch of various waste management programmes will further contribute to the growth of the global industry.

Key Offerings of the Report:

  • The EMR report gives a detailed analysis of the global market for recycled plastics for the periods (2016-2020) and (2021-2026). 
  • The report offers historical (2016-2020) and forecast (2021-2026) market information for the plastic types, raw materials, applications, and regional markets for recycled plastics.
  • The report analyses the market dynamics, covering the key demand and price indicators in the market, along with an assessment of the SWOT and Porter’s Five Forces models.

The major players in the global recycled plastics market are B. Schoenberg & Co., Inc, UltrePET, LLC, and Carbonlite Inc., among others. The comprehensive report by EMR looks into the market share, capacity, and latest developments like mergers and acquisitions, plant turnarounds, and capacity expansions of the major players.

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