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Waste Management Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis

  • October 2014
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  • AMA Research
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  • 111 pages


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AMA Research have launched the 8th edition of the report 'Waste Management Market Report – UK 2014-2018 Analysis', addressing the management of controlled waste arisings from the municipal, commercial & industrial construction & demolition sectors. The report covers waste collection, recycling, advanced waste treatment, landfill and incineration. With 50 charts and tables the report analyses market growth potential, current and infrastructure developments in the pipeline.

Typically, official/government reports provide data for each of the four home countries separately, but this report provides an amalgamated assessment of waste management at a UK level.

This report includes:

• UK Waste Management Market - size, trends, key influences, analysis of total market by value and volume and specifically in the municipal, commercial & industrial and construction & demolition sectors.
• Key focus on development of new waste treatment, recycling & disposal infrastructure – identifying existing facilities and current capacity and projects in the pipeline - plant size, location, operator or developer and date of opening: MRFs, MBTs, IVC, AD, 'mass burn' EfW incineration and advanced conversion technology (ACT) plants.
• Market supply– profiles on top 40 major national and regional contractors. Analysis of key trends, e.g. acquisitions, mergers and consolidation, entry of major new competitors and company failures.

The need to reduce waste arisings and the volumes sent to landfill, with the urgent need to increase recovery and recycling levels has rapidly risen up the national agenda, underpinned by EU Directives. Although there have been significant improvements in recycling and energy recovery, there remain pressing 2020 targets for The Landfill Directive and the 2020 renewable energy target, for which energy-from-waste technologies have a key role.

Combining and collating the most recent official data with additional original research and analysis, this report presents an informative review of the current state of waste management in the UK in terms of the key market drivers, waste arisings, disposal & recovery methods, industry infrastructure and capacity.

Areas of particular interest:

• Detailed analysis of waste arisings by origin, key product & material streams.
• Concise but informative assessments of the UK markets for waste collection, treatment, landfill & incineration infrastructure – trends in waste arisings, permitted processing capacities, waste deposits.
• Focus on key technology sectors including anaerobic digestion, advanced conversion technologies and 'mass burn' EfW incineration.
• Tables for MBTs, MRFs, AD, IVC, mass burn incineration and ACT plants (location, capacity, operators - open and planned).
• Analysis of the waste management supply side including a table with turnovers & regions served for top 100+ general waste management contractors.

Companies profiled in the report include:

Agrivert, AmeyCespa, Associated Waste Management, Augean, Bagnall and Morris Waste Services, Biffa Waste Services, Bywaters (Leyton), Carey Group, Cleansing Service Group, Cory Environmental Services, Countrystyle Group, DCC Environmental, DS Smith Recycling, Enviroco, Environmental Waste Controls, F & R Cawley, FCC Environment (UK), Glazewing, Global Renewables, Grundon Waste Management, Hills Waste Solutions, HW Martin Waste, Impetus Waste Management Group, Kier MG Services, LondonWaste Ltd, MDJ Light Brothers, Mid UK Recycling, New Earth Solutions, Niramax Group, Norse Group, OSS Group, Palm Recycling, Powerday, Recycling Lives, Sackers Recycling, Saica Natur UK, Severn Waste Services, Shanks UK, SITA UK, SRCL, TEG Environmental, Tradebe Environmental Services, Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates, Veolia Environmental Services, Viridor Waste Management, W & S Recycling Services, Wastecare Group, William Tracey, Yorwaste.

Key areas covered in the report include:

• Market size and trends by value 2008 –2013.
• Forecasts 2014 – 2018 and key market drivers, trends, influences.
• Market mixes – by key activities by value, including MSW collection, MSW disposal, MSW recycling, CDEW & CIW treatment and disposal, CDEW & CIW arisings etc.
• Review of trends in waste arisings – by main end-use sector by region.
• Trends in deposits – by method of disposal & treatment, by region, estimate of composition.
• Review of waste treatment and recycling methods – focus on provision, capacity and key drivers for Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs), Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT), Anaerobic Digestion (AD), Energy from Waste (EfW) combustion and advanced conversion technologies.
• Review of key market drivers – EU Directives, UK legislation, National Waste Strategies, government initiatives e.g. Renewables Obligation, PPP/PFI, Landfill Tax and gate fees.

• Size and distribution - breakdown by employee size band, by region and turnover band and age of businesses.
• Trends e.g. new market entrants, consolidation, acquisitions and mergers.
• Overview of the 40 largest waste management companies in the UK with turnovers and areas of operation.

• Review of MSW arisings in UK – arisings and overview of historical trends, by region and mix by fractions.
• Overview of MSW collection - historical review of trends by collection methods and trends in local authority revenue expenditure.
• Review of MSW treatment and disposal in UK – historical overview of trends in treatment and disposal methods at UK level and by region, focus on recycling & composting with historical overview of materials mix.

• Review of CIW arisings in UK – by sectors, by material fractions, by regions and by various permutations of these.
• Review of CIW management in UK - by methods of treatment types & disposal.

• Review of waste arisings in GB– summary of official survey findings. Waste arisings and analysis of aggregate materials, trends over the last 6 years.
• Review of waste management, treatment and disposal in GB – summary of official survey findings; disposal routes.

• Tables and appendices detailing: Key Directives, Key UK Waste Legislation, PFI Waste Management Contracts, other PPP Waste Management Contracts, Acquisitions & Mergers, MRF Infrastructure (operators, locations, status, capacity), MBT Infrastructure (operators, locations, status, capacity), AD Infrastructure (operators, locations, status, capacity), IVC Infrastructure (operators, locations, status, capacity), Mass Burn Incinerators (operators, locations, status, capacity), Advanced Conversion Technologies (operators, locations, status, capacity), Largest 100 General Waste Management Contractors (turnovers, regions).By value, data indicates that the market for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of controlled waste was an estimated £18.9 billion in 2013.

Strong underlying annual growth rates have been driven by the implementation of EU Directives, aimed at reducing the volumes of landfilled waste and increasing the levels of material recovery through recycling, composting and energy-from-waste. Above all, the impact of the Landfill Tax escalator on landfill gate fees has made these alternative approaches more commercially attractive.

The downturn in the UK economy suppressed growth rates in 2012 due to; lower levels of waste arisings, declining prices for many types of recyclate and the delay to many infrastructure projects.

Over the medium-longer term, the key 2020 targets for both the EU Landfill Directive and renewable energy mean that regardless of the economic situation, central government, local authorities and businesses do not have the option of scaling back waste reduction and recycling objectives. There remains a pressing need for the UK to improve waste recovery rates, particularly in the commercial and industrial waste (CIW) sector and to develop a suitable waste collection, treatment and recycling infrastructure in this sector.

From 2014 through to 2018, it is expected that there will be an increase in the market growth rate, underpinned by the EU Landfill Directive target for 2020 which will necessitate an increase in waste recovery rates and a major increase in investment in the infrastructure needed to deliver this, by possibly as much as £5bn. To achieve both these aims, energy-from waste (EfW) technologies, in particular advanced conversion technologies (ACT), will be core to government plans to meeting both the Landfill Directive and renewable electricity targets. Despite opposition from local interest groups and NGOs, there are a large number of 'mass burn' EfW incineration and ACT plants in the development pipeline that will be used to dispose of large volumes of the 21 million tonnes of residual ‘black bag’ waste currently being landfilled.

There has also been marked growth in the rolling out of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants treating food waste, underpinned by Landfill Directive requirements to divert biodegradable municipal waste from landfill. From just one facility in 2005, there were over 60 AD plants taking food waste at the end of 2013.

Expansion and convergence with the EfW sector continue to attract new players into the UK waste management industry, particularly from overseas. There has also been further consolidation among UK companies.

By 2018, it is estimated that the market for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of controlled waste will be worth around £24bn following annual growth rates of between 3-7% per annum.

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