Metal Recycling Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Ferrous Metal, Non- Ferrous Metal), By Scrap Type (Old Scrap, New Scrap), By End-User Industry (Construction, Automotive, Equipment Manufacturing, Shipbuilding, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published: Mar 2021 | Report Code:  KSI061614073 | Pages:  120

The global metal recycling market is projected to grow to US$83.931 billion by 2026 from US$48.941 billion in 2019 expanding at a CAGR of 8.01% over the forecast period. The metal recycling market is growing at a very fast pace. According to a recent study by the United Nations department of economics and social affairs, 55% of the world lives in urban areas and it is estimated that this percentage will grow to about 68% by 2050. The boost in the market is due to the increase in industrialization and advancements in developing countries. According to a recent study, the production of about one ton of steel can lead to the emission of two tons of CO2. Metal recycling is essential for the conservation of natural resources, as it reduces the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Impact of Covid-19

The spread of Covid-19 affected several industries in the world. Lockdown brought factory work to a halt. The demand for these recyclable metals also decreased drastically. Since the demand for recycled metal fell in automobiles, electronics, construction, and various other key industries it severely affected the growth of this metal recycling industry. Several companies like European Metal Recycling had to downsize their staff strength, as its operations were affected by the pandemic.  With the revival of the key industries, the metal recycling market will boost.

Market Drivers

  • Protection of the environment and preserving natural resources is a major reason to use recycled metal. With time, the increase in mining activities in search of metal has led to the destruction of natural habitat as well as has polluted the surrounding air, water, and soil.

  • Using recycled metal will lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries study, the use of recycled metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions by around 500 million tons.

  • The amount of money saved from switching from mining can be utilized in other projects leading to the advancement of the economy.

  • According to research done by the National Institute of Health, the metal recycling industry can lead to employment generation creating jobs more by 36 times.

  • According to a recent study, the amount of energy saved from the use of recycled metal accounts for 92% aluminum, 90% copper, and 56% steel.

  • Various government regulations will help boost the metal recycling industry.

  • Growth in the construction industry of Asia Pacific countries and the Middle East will foster the growth of the market.

  • Growth in the demand for electronics, automobiles, household appliances, and various other things will boost the demand for recycled scrap metal.

  • An increase in the prices of ferrous metals will drive growth in the market.

Market Restraints

  • The process of recycling these metals is not efficient.

  • The cost of recycling metal is very high when it comes to the equipment used and logistics required.

  • Skilled labor is required for working with this highly sophisticated machinery, this will again lead to increasing the cost of the company. Moreover, the shortage of these skilled laborers will be a major hurdle for the industry.

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APAC region to show lucrative growth

The APAC region contributed a significant share in terms of the global revenue in the market in 2019. The major reason being an increase in the demand for recycled metal in the construction industry, which is one of the keys users of recycled metal. With the increase in development and industrialization in this region, the demand for recycled metal will grow and it will continue to dominate the market.

North America offers a high revenue generation opportunity

America is a developed nation, considering the advancement in technology and increasing concern regarding environmental protection has led to an increase in the demand for recycled metal. Spreading awareness about the benefits of using recycled metal and government policies and initiatives have encouraged the public and private sector companies to use recycling metal.

Recent Developments

  • According to the Indian Union Budget 2021-22, the import duty on copper scrap has been reduced from 5% to 2.5% in order to promote recycling in the country.

  • 31 December 2020, Norfolk Iron & Metal Company acquired Coeur D'Alenes Company.

  • 4 January 2021, AllMetal Recycling acquired Salina Iron & Metal to increase their market reach.

  • AMNS Luxembourg Holding S.A., which is a joint venture between Nippon Steel Corporation and ArcelorMittal has entered into a term loan agreement of $5.14 billion to refinance a loan taken for acquiring the former Essar Steel India, which is now renamed as ArcelorMittal NipponSteel India (AM/NS India).

  • 7 February 2020, Kuusakoski Recycling has divested its subsidiary operating in Moscow, AO Petromax to JSC Akron Holding, which is a Russian recycling group.

  • Tom Martin & Co has appointed Beever and Struthers for its accountancy and business advisory services.

Competitive Trends

Major players in the industry use various strategies to stay ahead of each other like entering into a joint venture, acquiring another company, and various others. Initiatives by the government not only encourage but also increases competitiveness in the market.

Key Players

The major players in the global market of metal recycling are Aurubis AG, Commercial Metals Company, Norton Aluminium Ltd., DOWA HOLDINGS Co., REAL ALLOY, Kuusakoski Recycling, ArcelorMittal S.A., Ltd., Sims Metal Management, Tom Martin & Co. Ltd., Nucor Corporation, and European Metal Recycling, Novelis Inc., and several others.

Metal Recycling Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$48.941 billion
 Market size value in 2026  US$83.931 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 8.01% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Type, Scrap Type, End-User, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  Aurubis AG, Commercial Metals Company, Norton Aluminium Ltd., DOWA HOLDINGS   Co., Kuusakoski Recycling, Sims Metal Management, Tom Martin & Co. Ltd., Nucor   Corporation, European Metal Recycling, Novelis Inc.
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase.



  • By Type

    • Ferrous Metal

    • Non- Ferrous Metal

  • By Scrap Type

    • Old Scrap

    • New Scrap

  • By End-User

    • Construction

    • Automotive

    • Equipment Manufacturing

    • Shipbuilding

    • Others

  • By Geography

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

      • South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Others

    • Europe

      • U.K

      • Germany

      • France

      • Spain

      • Others

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Israel

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Others

    • Asia-Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • India

      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the size of global metal recycling market?
A1. Metal Recycling market was valued at US$48.941 billion in 2019.

Q2. What will be the metal recycling market size by 2026?
A2. The global metal recycling market is projected to reach a total market size of US$83.931 billion by 2026.

Q3. What are the growth prospects for metal recycling market?
A3. The metal recycling market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.01% during the forecast period.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the metal recycling market growth?
A4. The boost in the metal recycling market is due to the increase in industrialization and advancements in developing countries.

Q5. Which region holds the largest market share in the metal recycling market?
A5. Geographically, the Asia Pacific region holds a significant share in the metal recycling market owing to the increase in the demand for recycled metal in the construction industry, which is one of the keys users of recycled metal.



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