According to a new market research report the Recycled Plastics Market by Type (PET, PE, PP, PVC, PS), Source (Bottles, Films, Fibers, Foams), End-Use Industry (Packaging, Textile, Building & Construction, Automotive, Electrical & Electronics) and Region – Global Forecast to 2026″, size is expected to grow from USD 27.9 billion in 2021 to USD 43.5 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period. The market is witnessing growth due to the growing awareness regarding the environmental benefits provided by recycled plastics over virgin plastics. Moreover, the energy consumed in recycling plastics is less than that of virgin plastics, which is further driving the demand for recycled plastics in many applications.

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This report also provides a comprehensive analysis of the companies listed below:

  • Indorama Ventures Public Ltd. (Thailand), Veolia (France), Suez (France), Jayplas (UK), Alpek (Mexico), Biffa (UK), Republic Services (US), Stericycle (US), Far Eastern New Century Corporation (Taiwan), KW Plastics (US)

These companies adopted new plant expansion, investments, partnerships, and merger & acquisition, as their key growth strategies between 2018 and 2021 to earn a competitive advantage in the recycled plastics market.

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Bottles is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing source in the recycled plastics market during the forecast period.

Bottles are the largest and the fastest-growing source of recycled plastics. Post-consumer PET bottles are the most commonly used plastics for plastic recycling on account of their huge availability and technical feasibility to produce PET granules. Moreover, PET bottles have a better collection and sorting network. The majority of bottles are made of PET resin, which is the most commonly recycled resin and has the highest recycling rate in the recycled plastics market. Therefore, waste bottles are expected to remain the biggest source for producing recycled plastics as many countries are foraying into the recycling business and will depend on bottles as their material source.

Polyethylene Terephthalate: The largest type in the recycled plastics market

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) was estimated to be the largest segment of the recycled plastics market, by type in 2029. PET plastics are 100% recyclable, easy to recycle, and have a lower cost, which makes them an attractive plastic material to recycle. PET is the largest recycled resin worldwide and will continue to be the most demanded recycled resin. PET can be recovered and recycled repeatedly and remolded to produce new PET products. It can also be chemically broken into its constituent raw materials, which can then be purified and converted into new PET resins. It can be used in many products such as new containers, carpets, textiles, protective packaging, industrial strapping, automotive parts, and construction materials. PET has the highest recycling rate globally and is only limited by the amount of used PET material collected.

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Indorama Ventures Public Ltd. is one of the largest player in the recycled plastics market. It is a world-class sustainable chemicals company with a global integrated lead in PET and fibers. It has integrated businesses which are aligned to create a sustainable value proposition. It is one of the world’s foremost-integrated producers in the polyester industry and the largest producer of PET. The company has 273 recycling facilities and 124 manufacturing sites all over world. It is present in Europe, North America, South America, APAC, and Africa.

SUEZ is the second-largest player of the recycled plastics market, globally. SUEZ is a leading and innovative group with a strong presence across the globe, particularly in Europe. Its focus on growth strategies, such as expansions, contracts, new service developments, joint ventures, and partnerships, will drive its growth in the emerging and developed markets. SUEZ has planned to build a recycling plant in Thailand, which would convert plastic waste into circular polymers. This plant is in line with Thailand’s target for achieving 100% plastic recycling by 2030. This expansion is projected to enhance the company’s presence in Southeast Asia and enhance its expertise in plastic recycling. SUEZ has implemented a balanced and profitable growth strategy.

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APAC is expected to hold the largest market share in the global recycled plastics market during the forecast period.

APAC is the largest and market of recycled plastics, with China being the major emerging market. One of the major developments in the recycled plastics market was the ban on waste imports by China. This affected the dynamics of the recycled plastics market, whereby many developed countries were left to find new dumping pits for their growing piles of waste. Developed countries in North America and Europe had to deal with the ever-increasing volume of unprocessed wastes. Although the choice of destinations for exporting these wastes has been other emerging countries such as India, Pakistan, or Southeast Asia, the logistics cost is much higher than that for China. Therefore, the logical solution was to improve their own patchy recycling systems, prompting them to reuse more recycled materials themselves.