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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Recycling Facilities

Overview: the U.S. Recycling Facilities Industry

Recycling Facilities are experiencing rapid growth, with new methods such as single stream recycling save customers the hassle of sorting paper and plastic. As commodity prices increases, recycling becomes more profitable.

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Recycling Facilities: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Recycling Facilities industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Collection Services, Non-Residential

Other Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services

All Other Non-Hazardous Waste Collection Services, Including Snowplowing Services

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Consolidation, Storage, And Preparation Services

Recyclable Material Recovery And Preparation Services

Non-Hazardous Waste And Recyclable Material Transportation Services

Non-Hazardous Waste Or Recyclable Material Brokerage Services

Sale Of Non-Hazardous Waste, Including Recovered Methane Gas, Compost, And Recyclable Materials

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Recycling Facilities company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Recycling Facilities industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Recycling Facilities measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers4%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 12%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 44%
Construction Trades Workers 9%
Construction Laborers 6%
Construction Laborers 6%
Other Construction and Related Workers 30%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 19%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 19%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 10%
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 10%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 20%
Motor Vehicle Operators 7%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers 7%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 6%
Material Moving Workers 11%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand 7%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recycling Facilities Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Unilever to seek investors in recycling facility - Unilever Philippines might look for investors to put up a plastic sachet recycling facility in the country, whose output could be re-used as raw materials for manufacturing. The prospective project in the Philippines will, however, depend on the ... (01/11/2018)
  • Bay Area Recycling for Charities Stays Hopeful for Future Following Fire - A Manistee County nonprofit has been reduced to rubble. The Bay Area Recycling for Charities facility in Kaleva caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Crews battled the flames until late Tuesday night. The facility used to recycle everything from mattresses to ... (01/11/2018)
  • Revamped guidelines should make recycling right easier in Kane County - It turns out your effort to help the environment actually backfires. Recycling facilities don't want that kind of plastic, and consider it as "contamination." It's one of many things making curbside recycling confusing for residents which is why Jarland ... (01/10/2018)
  • Curbside recycling to include glass, plastic bags as part of new deal in City of Houston - facility to be built. It will create at least 100 jobs ... “After considering proposals from competing recycling companies, we got the best deal for the city of Houston,” Mayor Turner stated in a press release. “The contract with FCC saves the ... (01/10/2018)
  • Montgomery, Ala., Acquires Recycling Facility Formerly Operated by IREP - The city of Montgomery, Ala., has acquired the $37 million recycling facility formerly owned by Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP). The city and IREP closed on a bankruptcy agreement on December 29, 2017, and had been locked in bankruptcy court since ... (01/10/2018)
  • Huge Fire Erupts At Recycling Facility; Smoke Seen For Miles - A pile of garbage at Denver Metal Recycling ignited into a second alarm blaze near Interstate 70 and Colorado Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon. (01/10/2018)
  • City Council approves new hotel, recycling facility - Lynchburg City Council gave the green light for a new hotel and an industrial food waste recycling facility at Tuesday night’s council meeting. After sitting vacant for years, the former location of Billy Joe’s Ice Cream parlor will be demolished by ... (01/10/2018)
  • City of Montgomery, Alabama, purchases IREP recycling facility - The Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) recycling facility in Montgomery, Alabama, has been purchased by that city, according to a report by the Montgomery Advertiser. The MRF, which recovered recyclables from municipal solid waste (MSW), was built for ... (01/09/2018)
  • Montgomery purchases recycling facility, seeks operator - The City of Montgomery is one step closer to getting back in the recycling business. Montgomery’s first mixed recovery facility, or MRF, named Infinitus Renewable Energy Park ceased operations in 2015, leaving behind a new, state of the art facility. (01/09/2018)
  • Varied factors lead Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers to raise trash/recycling rates - The Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers have raised their rates effective Jan. 1, citing a number of reasons including the fact that revenues from selling recyclables have fallen significantly. The new rates affect the non-profit’s 1,300-1,400 customers ... (01/08/2018)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $8,163,744 on Recycling Facilities. It has awarded 295 contracts to 62 companies, with an average value of $131,673 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Recycling Facilities to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Non-Hazardous Waste & Recyclable Mat Consolidation, Storage, Prep
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Recycling FacilitiesOpportunity/Threat
Solid Waste Collection

Since sales from Recycling Facilities are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Non-Hazardous Waste & Recyclable Mat Consolidation, Storage, Prep, companies in the Recycling Facilities industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Non-Hazardous Waste & Recyclable Mat Consolidation, Storage, Prep Product Sales Report

Recyclable Material Recovery & Preparation Services
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Recycling FacilitiesOpportunity/Threat
Solid Waste Collection Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Recyclable Material Recovery & Preparation Services are less than those from Recycling Facilities. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Recyclable Material Recovery & Preparation Services sales, taking market share from this industry.
Recyclable Material Recovery & Preparation Services Product Sales Report

Sale Of Non-Haz Waste, Including Recovered Methane & Recyclables
Sale Of Non-Haz Waste, Including Recovered Methane & Recyclables Product Sales Report

Waste Transfer Facility Services
Waste Transfer Facility Services Product Sales Report

Non-Haz Waste/Recyclable Mat Collection Services, Non-Residential
Non-Haz Waste/Recyclable Mat Collection Services, Non-Residential Product Sales Report

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Removal of recyclable materials from a waste stream, MRF (materials recovery facilities), Waste recovery facilities, Materials recovery facilities (MRF), etc.

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