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North America Trash Bags Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

North America Trash Bags Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

  • August 2022
  • 118 pages
  • ID: 6311688
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP

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The Trash Bags industry in North America is expected to grow with a CAGR of approximately 8.26% during the forecast period (2022-2027). In Canada, the plastics industry has committed to producing only plastic bags that are fully recyclable and recoverable by 2030. And this has been expected further innovations from this industry as well. Further, in the United States, plastic grocery bags are in major demand in the residential sector.

Key Highlights
The increasing rate of urbanization across the various geographies is driving the growth of the trash bag market owing to a huge amount of waste generated by the various end-user segment such as residential, commercial, and industrial. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Degree of urbanization, i.e., the percentage of the urban population in the total population, accounted for 82.8% in the United States in 2020.
To reduce reliance on traditional plastics, industry trends are shifting toward biobased goods. Compostable bags such as polylactic acid (PLA) and starch bags are frequently utilized as an alternative to conventional, oil-derived plastics. The BS N13432 standard certifies bio bags derived from natural resources.
In November 2021, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the United States’ first “national recycling strategy,” which targeted to support the organization’s goal of achieving a 50% recycling rate by the end of the decade. Moreover, in the same month, President Biden of the United States signed an infrastructure bill that included USD 350 million for solid waste and recycling grants.
Spot US export prices for low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) blow molding, and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) all hit new multi-year highs in March 2021. According to the S&P Global Platts data, US spot export LDPE was USD 110/mt higher in March 2021 at USD 1,940/mt to USD 1,962/mt. It was the highest LDPE pricing in over 12 years, as per the S&P Global Platts data. Two major factors contributed to these high prices - reduced local supply and a lack of viable import options.
The previous year (i.e., 2020 and 2021) observed a major shift in the buyers’ purchasing behavior in the market. The major demand generator of the market is currently the residential sector. The market has observed major trends, like reusability of materials, biodegradability and COVID-19 created a major opportunities for the market.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Rate of Urbanization is Expected to Hold a Major Growth

The increasing rate of urbanization across the various geographies is driving the growth of the trash bag market owing to a huge amount of waste generated by the various end-user segment such as residential, commercial, and industrial.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Degree of urbanization, i.e., the percentage of the urban population in the total population, accounted for 82.8% in the United States in 2020. With increasing urbanization, the residential facility increased, catering to the major scnenario of trash bag demand.
Odors are one of the most prevalent consumer complaints regarding trash bags, majorly in the residential area. Bags with scent or odor-neutralizing features have been preferred in the past decade. According to Home Depot, a United States-based multinational home improvement retail corporation, these types of trash bags currently make up more than half of the assortment of 13-gallon trash bags. Trash bags described as smelling like fresh laundry are the best sellers in this category, according to Home Depot. Scented bags are trendy in households with litter boxes or diapers or where trash remains for days before being taken out.
While sales of small garbage bags jumped after policies were implemented, sales of larger 13-gallon trash bags – the size often found in kitchen trash cans – remained relatively unchanged. This further underscored the double life of plastic grocery bags. Carryout grocery bags were substituted for similar sizes of trash bags before implementing the regulations. After the regulations were enacted, consumers’ demand for plastic bags switched from regulated to unregulated ones.
The unintended increase in trash bag sales could also be measured by weight. By purchasing 4-gallon trash bags, plastic consumption increased by 30 and 135 pounds per store per month. The sales of 8-gallon trash bags created an additional 37 to 224 pounds of plastic per store per month.
Consumers are now finding trash bags in various colors, ranging from soft pastels to something bolder and brighter. Current trends are the determining factor in the availability of specialty hues. Also available are scented and odor-blocking consumer trash bags. Vanilla, cinnamon, and spring flowers are just a few of the scents that customers will encounter when shopping for kitchen or bathroom trash bags. Combining colors and scents has transformed consumer trash bags from everyday necessities to decorative commodities.
Private consumers are more cautious and willing to pay more for bio-based products. As far as the residential and industrial sector is concerned, there is pressure on pricing, as they cannot charge higher prices to the customers. However, in the near future, or in 5-10 years, if it is made legal to use bio-based, industries will have to use them.

United States is Expected to Hold the Major Share

US cities and states are taking strides toward a zero wastepolicy. Around 11 states in the country have passed bans on single-use plastic bags, seven states have passed bans on expanded polystyrene containers, and more cities are considering bans on other single-use food wares and packaging.
About 30% of food in American grocery stores is thrown away. The US retail stores generate about 16 billion pounds of food waste annually. Wasted food from the retail sector is valued at nearly twice the amount of profit from food sales (source: US Department of Agriculture). Such a large amount of food waste is expected to add demand for trash bags to handle this large amount of food waste daily.
At the time of COVID-19, government authorities across the region were regulating new policies to increase households’ safety. For instance, in March 2020, the City of Kingston increased the number of garbage bags allowed per household from one to four per week without requiring bag tags. This limit was effective immediately and was put in place until May 2020. This measure was put into place to help families who were self-isolating to dispose of their garbage safely.
Furthermore, due to the covid scenario, in Portland, the city picked up more garbage in 2020 than any other year on record: 3,000 metric ton, 50% more than the previous year. There were 24 billion pieces of the litter alongside highways, and 26 billion pieces of litter along waterways in 2020, according to data compiled by the nonprofit litter prevention group.

Competitive Landscape

North American trash bags market is fragmented, as the firm concentration ratio is considerably high, as several players are present in the market, with market incumbents, such as Berry Global Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products Inc., and The Clorox Company, among others, operating in the market making it highly oligopolistic. In addition, some local players are also making the market competitive and fragmented. Overall, the competitive rivalry is expected to be moderately high, which may remain the same during the forecast period. Some of the key development news are -

August 2021 - Reynolds Consumer Products announced the expansion of its Hefty EnergyBag program to encompass Fulton, Gwinnett, Cherokee, and Forsyth counties in the Greater Atlanta area. In 2018, the initiative was launched in Cobb County, Georgia, for the first time. As a result of this expansion, the Hefty EnergyBag program is now available to almost 1.4 million families in the United States across all active programs.
January 2021 - Glad Products Company converted to 100% renewable electricity across its North American operations and announced that 99% of its packaging is now recyclable.

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