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]

Providing a Light in the Shadow Created by Covid

The shadow of COVID is still casting its uncertainty over production lines and supplies.

You can at least get an idea of where there is a demand for all the parts it takes to construct a WASTE PLANT – today, next month, and up to three years ahead.

Knowing NEW WASTE PLANTS developments including those people who are involved, can give you chance to be the first with the RIGHT AND AVAILABLE service or equipment. Below is the latest chart from AcuComm that shows you the investment in new Waste Plants BEFORE they become “OPERATIONAL”

Why not discover for yourself, the value of AcuComm’s data:  access our INTERACTIVE charts, view project development details and make practical use of contact details for decision-makers.

Try AcuComm’s services for yourself: https://acucomm.net/tryit

Waste Processing New Investment Review

In May 2021, AcuComm added 12 new waste processing projects with a cumulative value of US$181 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. Altogether these facilities, located in Australia, China, Czech Republic, Eduador, France, Greece, Morocco, the Netherlands, Panama, Tunisia and the United SKingdom, will process 1.7 tonnes of waste per annum.

Over the 12-month period (June 2020 to May 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 119 new waste processing projects, valued at US$3.0 billion.

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

NIR Waste Processing June 2021

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste Processing 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]

Meeting the Challenge of Lithium Battery Recycling

The responsible disposal and recycling of electrical items such as batteries is a key challenge for the waste industry, and even more so when it comes to lithium batteries. These are increasingly used in the automotive industry to power electric cars and aircraft. But their use is not without difficulty, and both the aforementioned industries have encountered safety hazards when using them.

Like any other batteries, lithium batteries have a finite life, and can be dangerous when dismantled, so disposing of them is a particular challenge which will require dedicated facilities and expertise. There is growing interest in this area. The AcuComm waste investment database currently holds 39 projects involving the recycling of lithium batteries. These have a combined estimated value of US$1,039 million, or around US$27 million each.

The largest number are in Europe, where there are 15 projects worth a total of US$599 million. A large proportion of this is accounted for by a large investment in Poland which is part-backed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Finland and Sweden are also major sites for investment currently. But there is also more global interest across north America and Asia, with the USA, Australia and Japan also featuring heavily in current investment plans.

Lithium

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Around 41% of projects, by value, are either currently operational or due to become so by the end of 2021. The rest are expected to become operational between 2022 and 2027. Given the popularity of electric vehicles in particular, we would expect to see a steady rise in the number of facilities being planned over the next few years.

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Many of the companies involved in the sector at present are small and specialist in nature, although they often work in partnership with larger client firms in the automotive industry such as Nissan, Renault or Volkswagen. Their involvement is essential as they have an interest – not to say an obligation – to see the proper recycling of lithium batteries.

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]

New Investment Review: Waste Processing

In March 2021, AcuComm added seven new waste processing projects with a cumulative value of US$96 million to its WasteView Contract Finder database. These facilities, located in Brazil, , Ecuador, Germany, Spain and the United States, will process over 900,000 tonnes of waste per annum. Over the 12-month period (April 2020 to March 2021),  AcuComm covered a total of 116 new waste processing projects, valued at over US$3.1 billion.

Top 5 Countries by Investment in Waste Processing Facilities,
Reported April 2020-March 2021 (US$mn)

NIR Waste Processing March 21

In terms of waste type, coverage was predominantly MSW over the 12-month period, accounting for 75% of the total processing capacity – ahead of industrial waste on 6%.

Project Tonnage by Waste Type,
Reported April 2020-March 2021 (%)

NIR PIE Waste Processing March 21

Each month, AcuComm presents this headline data in its Waste-to-Energy 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.

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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]

Making AcuComm’s Waste Market Insight work for you…..

Recognising the need to work efficiently and save time, AcuComm has issued a simple step-by-step guide to using Waste Market Insight (WMI), its monthly analysis of global waste activity and investment.

WMI can be used for high-level strategic analysis or detailed investigation of specific projects – it is an indispensable tool for understanding waste market trends, finding new opportunities and evaluating competitors.

Using the ‘How to Use Waste Markets Insight Guide Jan 2021′ you can find out how to:

  1. Interrogate the knowledge and opportunities provided by AcuComm (which is fully interactive and entirely sourced from AcuComm’s proprietary WasteView Contract Finder database);
  2. Understand our forecast analysis and how it facilitates quantifiable comparative data for accurate business intelligence information;
  3. Quickly adjust market plans to actual and forecast changes in the market;
  4. Access general and up-to-date market knowledge before anyone else.

AcuComm customers will find the Guide downloaded to their AcuComm accounts. If you are yet to become a customer, find out more by contacting us on +44 1243 023 9400 3546 or by Email: k[email protected].