The waste management market continues to evolve quickly in part driven by subject to regular changes in legislation and definition. This 11th edition includes activities under the general SIC 2007 code 38.30, ‘Material Recovery’ because waste management companies are increasingly diversifying away from traditional waste management functions – such as general refuse collection and landfill disposal – towards recycling, from collection to waste segregation, sorting and baling to producing intermediate products such as glass cullet, plastic flakes.
This report includes an analysis of the industry with an assessment of future prospects; a review of waste arisings by origin, material type and end product; a review of current and prospective legislation; and an assessment of collection, disposal and recovery issues. Along with a detailed examination of government strategies, initiatives and funds that impact upon the waste management industry.
For the UK waste management contracting industry, growth in contractors’ output was marginal, reaching £9.8bn in 2019. Anecdotal evidence suggests the pandemic has had a substantial effect on non-household waste arisings and hence demand for waste management services. To some extent, this has been offset by an increase in domestic waste arisings. For 2020, it is estimated, contracting output will possibly have fallen to around £9.3bn.