Strategic Overviews of the Latest Industry Activity

Each month, AcuComm publishes its New Investment Review series of six complimentary reports which each provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

To access these reports, please follow:  https://acucomm.net/new_investment_review

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 9,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Thompson on 44 (0)7399 863 765 or e-mail him at [email protected]

New Investment Review: Plastic Recycling

In July 2021, AcuComm reported on 9 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$680 million. These projects, in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and the USA, are due to start operating from 2021 onwards when they will bring over 1.3 million tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (August 2020 to July 2021), AcuComm reported a total of 71 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 4.3 million tonnes. The United States was the principal area of investment, accounting for 49% of the total.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (August 2020 to July 2021)

NIR Plastic Aug 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic Recycling New Investment Review

In June 2021, AcuComm reported on 6 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$744 million. These projects, in Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, are due to start operating from 2021 onwards when they will bring over 495,000 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (July 2020 to June 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 65 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 3.1 million tonnes. The United States was the principal area of investment, accounting for 42% of the total.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (July 2020 to June 2021)

NIR July 2021 Plastics

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic Recycling New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm reported on 4 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$60 million. These projects, in Spain, Sweden and the USA, are due to start operating from 2022 onwards when they will bring over 135,150 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 62 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 2.8 million tonnes. Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, South Korea, Italy, Germany and Australia the leading countries in terms of investment value.

Top Five Countries by Investment Value – US$mn (June 2020 to May 2021)

NIR June 2021 Plastics

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of six complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste-to-Fuel
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic Recycling: New Investment Review

In April 2021, AcuComm reported on 14 new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$392 million. These projects, in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the USA, are due to start operating over the 2021-2025 period when they will bring over 905,000 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online.

Over the 12-month period (May 2020 to April 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 61 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 2.9 million tonnes. Europe, Asia and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, South Korea, the UK and Italy the leading countries in terms of investment value.

% Value of New Projects by Region (May 2020 to April 2021)

NIR May 2021 Plastic Recycling

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insightsa monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

Plastic waste exports, problem and opportunity

In March 2021, the New York Times ran a story highlighting the continuing controversy surrounding the shipment of waste plastics, especially to developing countries which may not have the capacity to deal with such shipments in an environmentally-acceptable manner. This brief article looks at some longer term trends surrounding plastic waste exporting, both in the US and in the wider world. It ends with some good news; in 2020, new investment in plastic waste recycling facilities was over US$900 million, and interest continues to rise.

US exports of waste plastics peaked at US$72 million in June 2016, but the overall trend has been downward – if unevenly so – at least until mid-2020. The average monthly value in 2020 was US$19 million, compared with US$61 million in 2016. The US$18 million figure for January 2021 was therefore below the average for 2020, although it was indeed slightly higher than the US$17 million figure posted a year earlier in January 2020.

It’s tempting to see the small uptick in exports seen in the second half of 2020 as COVID-19 related, at least in part. Domestic recycling activities have been seriously affected by the pandemic and it is not unreasonable to assume that this has resulted in a greater amount being exported. But it’s too early to say with any certainty how great this effect has been, or indeed how permanent it is. The graph below shows the downward trend is far from linear, and the current level is after all below that of a year ago.

Andy - US Plastic 1

The above graph also shows the value of waste plastic exports to China and Hong Kong since 2016. Prior to 2018, these shipments accounted for the bulk of US waste plastic exports. The Chinese government banned the trade in 2018, but the value was falling sharply from mid-2017 in anticipation. For much of the past year the figure has been negligible.

So where has the US been sending its plastic waste since 2017, if not to China? For the full12 months of 2020, Canada was the leading destination, accounting for US$59 million or 26% of the total. Mexico was third with US$23 million, or 10%. Aside from these NAFTA partners, other destinations in Asia have taken China’s place. Principally Malaysia, but also Vietnam, India and Indonesia. Trade in waste plastics is not popular in any of these countries, and other destinations are being sought as regulations are tightened.

Andy - US Plastic 2

A global, not just a US, problem…

Exporting of waste plastics is far from a US-only issue, of course. Many other developed countries saw a surge in exports over the past decade. While this is being reduced by the Basle provisions, the trade remains widespread. In 2020, the US exported around US$225 million, but this was only the third-highest figure. Germany and Japan led the way with US$291 million and US$288 million respectively. The UK was fourth with US$119 million and France fifth with US$112 million. Malaysia and Turkey were among the leading destination countries, although it should also be noted that the leading importer overall was the USA.

Andy - US Plastic 3

Global trade in waste plastic has diminished since 2016 when it stood at US$6.6 billion. But at US$2.8 billion in 2020 it remains substantial. There’s perhaps nothing terribly wrong in principle with this trade, but the key question is disposal. Do destination countries  – or more specifically the companies doing the importing – have adequate facilities for dealing with plastic waste? Or, as has been seen in China and elsewhere, is waste incinerated or simply dumped, to find its way into the world’s rivers and oceans? This shouldn’t be seen as a state of affairs to be blamed on the developing world. Indeed, the fact that there is still money to be made from exports indicates that developed countries have so far failed to create the necessary sorting and recycling infrastructure closer to home.

….but also an investment opportunity

As environmental and regulatory pressure increases, the waste plastic recycling sector is increasingly gaining the attention of planners and investors. In the last 12 months (Mar 20 to Feb 21), AcuComm reported on 51 new plastic recycling projects, worth US$907 million in total, or US$18 million on average. Europe, Asia and the Americas were the principal areas of investment, with the USA, UK, Korea, Belgium and Germany the leading countries in terms of investment value.

Andy - US Plastic 4

Plastic recycling projects typically have a relatively short development schedule, and can be up and running quickly. Around 30% of projects are either operational or due to become so in 2021.

Andy - US Plastic 5

 

New Investment Review: Plastic Recycling

In February 2021, AcuComm reported on three new plastic recycling projects with a cumulative value of US$23 million. These projects, in Belgium and India, are due to start operating over the 2021-2025 period when they will bring over 85,000 tonnes of annual recycling capacity online. Over the 12-month period (March 2020 to February 2021),  AcuComm reported a total of 51 new plastic recycling projects with an aggregated annual capacity of over 2 million tonnes.

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Plastic Recycling New Investment Review, one of a series of five complimentary reports which provide a strategic snapshot of the very latest activity in a specific area of the global waste and bioenergy markets.

The New Investment Review series includes:

  • Waste-to-Energy
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Waste Processing
  • Landfill
  • AD/Biogas.

If the New Investment Review series is of interest, but feel that you need to delve deeper in order to develop your commercial strategy and marketing plans, you may wish to consider AcuComm’s Waste Market Insights, a monthly service that presents a wealth of comprehensive information including industry forecasts, historical data and insights which can be used to identify key trends across technologies, feedstocks and geographies, measured by outputs, values, capacities, volumes etc.

All the data in Waste Market Insights and the New Investment Review series derives from AcuComm’s WasteView Contract Finder, its  proprietary database of 8,500+ waste and bioenergy projects around the world.

If you would like to find out more, please contact either:

Rob / 44 (0)7399 863 765 / [email protected], or

Oliwia / 44 (0)7399 863 806 / [email protected]

France announces draft ‘circular economy’ bill

Brune Poirson, the Secretary of State for Ecological Transition in France, has presented a draft ‘circular economy’ bill (Loi Anti-Gaspillage pour une economie circulaire) which is expected to go before Parliament in September.

Building on the plan announced by prime minister Edouard Philippe in April 2018 which seeks to embrace a philosophy of repair, re-use and recycle, the bill seeks to reduce built-in obsolescence in electrical goods, broaden the country’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme, ban the destruction of unsold textiles and return to the ‘consigne’ deposit-return system.

The draft bill appears to have been broadly welcomed. Elipso, the professional association representing manufacturers of plastic packaging in France calls it an ambitious and strong text, a ‘big bang’ which will profoundly change the world of waste. Elipso has called for a calm debate and asks that the law should support the deployment of new plastic recycling channels and encourage innovation.

There is opposition in some quarters however. Federec, the Federation of Recycling Companies, has said that bringing back the consigne will be “costly for French people, local councils and small shopkeepers” which won’t have the resources to set up a deposit-return system. Federec sees the higher value recyclable drinks bottle/can streams being diverted to the major industrial groups which will operate the schemes, while smaller recyclers and local sorting centres will be left to handle less profitable schemes. Local councils stand to lose a source of revenue estimated at up to €300 million each year, says Federec.

What is undeniable is that France needs to tackle the issue of waste, and especially plastics. Data released by Citeo indicates that France lags behind Europe in its recycling of household plastics, managing to recycle only 26.5% compared to a European average of 41%. If Brune Poirson can push her legislation through, France may well become a European leader in plastic recycling, rather than lagging behind.

AcuComm’s Daily Full Access Project – Spain Recycling Facility

Installation of new sorting equipment at a recycling plant.

It has been announced that TIRME, who are responsible for the treatment of municipal waste in Mallorca, have updated their recycling plant with the addition of four new TOMRA Sorting Recycling AUTOSORT units.

The project, which has been carried out by Stadler, has increased the sites’ annual capacity to 20,600 tonnes per annum of processable packaging waste.

In addition to this, TIRME has also relocated some of its older units to other parts of the plant.

The next part of the installation will include the addition of a Central Control Unit, which will remotely monitor all the AUTOSORT units at the plant and obtain real-time data on the materials being recycled.

To take a look at the full details from this project, click here.