Recycled Plastics Market Growth, Size and Forecast by 2028

Recycled Plastics Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Type (Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polyethylene, Polystyrene, and Others), Source (Plastic Bottles, Plastic Films, Plastic Foams, Plastic Fibers, and Others), and Application (Packaging, Textile, Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical and Electronics, and Others)

Publication Month : May 2022

  • Report Code : TIPRE00020347
  • Category : Chemicals and Materials
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 150
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[Research Report] The recycled plastics market is projected to reach US$ 82,416.87 million by 2028 from US$ 44,378.26 million in 2022; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2022 to 2028.

Market Insights and Analyst View:

Plastic recycling is a method for reusing scrap or plastic waste and the reprocessing of the material into useful products. Plastic waste has become one of the serious environmental concerns, so the important motive behind recycling of plastic is to reduce the plastic waste and to reuse for industrial purpose. There are various sources of plastic waste used for recycling such as bottles, films, foams etc. The awareness related to plastic waste among consumers has led the recycled plastic industry in gaining traction. Further, increasing demand for the food & beverage and other types of packaging and the utilization of recycled plastic in automotive industry for manufacturing of different components are the key drivers of the recycled plastic market. It is also used in the building and construction industry to large extent and the consumption of recycled plastic in this industry will rise soon. However, due to the high cost of recycled plastic over conventional, virgin plastic, its adoption in emerging countries is at a slower pace. This factor might create significant challenges for the recycled plastic manufacturers over the coming years.

Growth Drivers and Challenges:

The packaging industry has created lucrative opportunities for recycled packaging. The recycled materials are advancing in various industries such as food & beverage, cosmetics, and consumer goods. In the food and beverage industry, the consumption of recycle plastics is increasing, it used in the form of films, containers, bottles to pack the food. With the increasing population the demand for recycled plastic is increasing. Factors like increasing awareness about issues with plastic disposal in landfills and formulation regulations are some of the factors fostering the recycled plastic market growth.

The automotive industry is also utilizing recycled plastics to reduce its environmental footprints. They are manufacturing recycled plastic products and parts to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle which minimize carbon emission. Automotive components manufactured using recycled plastics are lightweight and help achieve optimal fuel efficiency. In addition, plastic parts are not prone to corrosion and offer flexibility and safety compared to other plastic. These factors are driving the demand for recycled plastics in the automotive industry.

Thus, increasing adoption of recycled plastics in various end-use industries is driving the recycled plastics market growth.

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Recycled Plastics Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 44,378.26 million in 2022
Market Size Value byUS$ 82,416.87 million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 9.4% from 2022 to 2028
Forecast Period2022-2028
Base Year2022
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Report Segmentation and Scope:

The “Global Recycled Plastics Market” is segmented based on type, source, application, and geography. Based on type, the recycled plastics market is segmented into polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, and others. Based on source, the recycled plastics market is segmented into plastic bottles, plastic films, plastic foams, plastic fibers, and others. Based on application, the recycled plastics market is segmented into packaging, textile, automotive, building and construction, electrical and electronics, and others. The recycled plastics market based on geography is segmented into North America (US, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest of Asia Pacific), Middle East & Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Rest of Middle East & Africa), and South & Central America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South & Central America)

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Segmental Analysis:

Based on application, the recycled plastics market is segmented into packaging, textile, automotive, building and construction, electrical and electronics, and others. In 2022, the packaging segment held the largest market share whereas the building and construction segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Growing penetration of packaging products across the food & beverage industry coupled with rising environmental consciousness amongst the people is driving the demand for recycled plastics across the packaging industry. The foodservice sector widely adopts recycled plastic-based packaging because it is cost-effective, flexible, and environmentally sustainable. Consumers are aware of their packaging choices and increasingly prefer recycled plastic packaging products. This factor is potentially driving the growth of the recycled plastic market. Moreover, governments and organizations are focusing on plastic substitution. Therefore, they are promoting the usage of recycled plastic packaging products instead of plastic products. This factor further drives the growth of recycled plastics market globally.

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Regional Analysis:

Based on geography, the recycled plastics market is divided into five key regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, and Middle East & Africa. The global recycled plastics market was dominated by Asia Pacific which accounted for US$ 17,465.18 Million in 2022. Europe is a second major contributor holding more than 25% share in the global market. North America is also one of the key markets for recycled plastics growing at a CAGR of ~ 8%. The increasing adoption of recycled plastics by the building & construction industry across Asia Pacific is driving the market growth. Rising household incomes and population migration from rural to urban regions are predicted to fuel the demand for residential buildings in the country. In addition to residential infrastructure, non-residential infrastructure is expected to grow considerably in the future. The aging population in Asia Pacific countries such as China and Japan are driving up the demand for additional hospitals and healthcare facilities. Recycled plastic-based concrete is stronger than normal concrete. Recycled plastic is a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to normal construction material. Therefore, the growing construction industry drives the demand for recycled plastics.

Industry Developments and Future Opportunities: 

Various initiatives taken by the key players operating in the recycled plastics market are listed below:

  1. In June 2022, Biffa expanded its plastics recycling capability in Scotland. Such expansion strategies help companies to cater to rising demand for recycled plastics.
  2. In December 2022, Veolia and L'Oréal signed a partnership agreement to manufacture cosmetic packaging made from recycled plastic. This initiative was aimed to increase the recycled content in the product packaging of Loreal in order to reduce the overall environmental footprint.
  3. In January 2022, Biffa signed a multi-million-pound worth partnership with one of UK's leading bottle manufactures.

Covid-19 Impact:

The COVID-19 pandemic affected almost all industries in various countries. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, and business shutdowns in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), South & Central America (SAM), and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) hampered the growth of several industries, including the chemicals & materials industry. The COVID-19 pandemic caused supply chain disruptions which created significant problems while sourcing the key raw materials. However, the growing demand for automobiles and packaging owing to the COVID-19 outbreak created the demand for recycled plastic. Further, necessary goods needed to be produced and transported, and the consumption of packaged food witnessed demand during COVID-19, which increased the demand for recycled plastic. With the increase in demand for packaged food, there was an increase in the production of recycled plastic films, containers, and bottles to cater to the increasing demand for packaged food. Furthermore, after the uplift of the COVID-19 restriction, there was an increase in construction activities in emerging economies such as Asia Pacific, which has boosted the demand for recycled plastic, driving the market growth.

Competitive Landscape and Key Companies:

Some of the prominent players operating in the global recycled plastics market include REMONDIS SE & Co.KG, Biffa, Stericycle, Inc.; Veolia; Jayplas; Alpek S.A.B. De C.V.; Republic Services, Inc.; B & B Plastics Inc.; Clear Path Recycling; and PLASTIPAK HOLDINGS, INC among others. These companies sell recyclable materials to various companies in the automotive, sporting goods, building and construction, and packaging industries. These companies are highly involved in merger and acquisition activities to expand their geographic footprints and to enhance their expertise. Moreover, these companies are also partnering with other players in the industry to launch innovative and sustainable products. Such initiatives are expected to provide strong growth potential to the key industry players operating in the recycled plastics market.

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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which region held the fastest CAGR in the global recycled plastics market?

Asia Pacific is estimated to register the fastest CAGR in the global recycled plastics market over the forecast period. Many APAC countries, such as China and India, are the world's fastest-growing populations. With a growing population, the automotive, packaging, and construction industries are growing rapidly in APAC. The package printing industry is expanding in the APAC region because of its wide range of applications. The presence of established sectors, such as food & beverages and consumer electronics, in nations such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea has increased the demand for packaging solutions in the region. The market for recycled plastic packaging across APAC has witnessed notable growth due to the rapidly expanding packaging industry, growing food retail sector, and rising consumer awareness about sustainable packaging solutions across the region. The foodservice sector in the region is rapidly expanding owing to rapid economic growth, growing tourism sector, improving consumers lifestyles, and rising disposable income levels.

Can you list some of the major players operating in the global recycled plastics market?

The major players operating in the global recycled plastics market are REMONDIS SE & CO.KG; Biffa; Stericycle, Inc.; Veolia; Jayplas; Alpek C.V.; Republic Services, Inc.; B & B Plastics Inc.; Clear Path Recycling; PLASTIPAK HOLDINGS, INC.

Based on source, which segment is leading the global recycled plastics market during the forecast period?

The plastic bottles segment held the largest market share. Plastic bottles are the most recycled post-consumer plastics. Recycling plastic bottles can help conserve 80% of the energy used in manufacturing new bottles, containers, and other products. Recycled plastic bottles are more environmentally friendly than non-recycled single-use plastic bottles, and recycled plastic bottles help reduce the environmental crisis.

Based on application, which segment is leading the global recycled plastics market during the forecast period?

The packaging segment held the largest share of the market in 2022. The packaged food and beverage sector have been experiencing robust growth due to lifestyle changes, growing urban population, and rising economic activities in emerging economies. These factors drive the demand for recycled plastic in the packaging industry. Furthermore, introducing innovative solutions such as active packaging, modified atmosphere, edible, and the ability of plastic to be recycled is boosting the market growth in the packaging industry.

Based on type, which segment is leading the global recycled plastics market during the forecast period?

The polyethylene terephthalate segment held the largest market share. It is a polymer created by combining two monomers: modified ethylene glycol and purified terephthalic acid. Polyethylene terephthalate is the most widely used plastic; it is clear, strong, lightweight, and 100% recyclable. Polyethylene recycled plastics can be identified by recycling code#1; as they have a short lifespan, it is easy to recycle them.

Which region held the largest share of the global recycled plastics market?

In 2022, Asia Pacific held the largest share of the global recycled plastics market. The rise in the number of food & beverages industries would cater the demand of recycled plastics in the region. The region is also flourishing owing to presence of manufacturing facilities and cheap labor. China is one of the largest producers of recycled plastics due to abundance of resources.

The List of Companies - Recycled Plastics Market

  2. Biffa
  3. Stericycle, Inc.
  4. Veolia
  5. Jayplas
  6. Alpek S.A.B. De C.V.
  7. Republic Services, Inc.
  8. B & B Plastics Inc.
  9. Clear Path Recycling

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