Reduce, reuse, recycle: Increased environmental regulation will boost industry growth

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 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has been boosted by efforts by federal and local governments to develop programs to manage waste responsibly
  • The number of businesses and individuals participating in recycling programs has grown
  • The continued recovery of the economy will generate greater waste material, fuelling industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Recycling Facilities industry in Canada is in the growth stage of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to GDP, is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 5.0% over the 10 years to 2023. This rate is substantially higher than the estimated 1.9% annualized growth rate of GDP during the same period, indicating that the industry has and will be expanding its share of the Canadian economy.The growth of the industry can be attributed to the growing environmental consciousness that has spurred public demand for recycling programs. Consequently, governments at the federal, provincial and local levels have expanded recycling programs dramatically over the past decade. The...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
  • Recyclable material recovery and processing services
  • Sale of waste and recyclable materials
  • Recyclables collection
  • Other services
  • 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
  • Recycling waste volumes rise
  • 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
  • Recyclable material recovery and processing services
  • Sale of waste and recyclable materials
  • Other services
  • Recyclables collection
  • Chart: Recycling Facilities Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial businesses
  • Industrial businesses
  • Households
  • Other
  • Government sources
  • 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
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Rent and utilities
  • Marketing and other costs
  • 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 (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Demand from recyclable material wholesaling (2009-2023)

  • 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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