The Future Lifecycles of Packaging Recycling to 2023

The global packaging market was $823 billion in 2016, and is expected to grow to over $980 billion by 2022.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 19 Oct 2018
Product format: Hard copy, Digital copy
Number of tables: Over 55
  • Estimated worldwide recycling rates are 14% for plastic packaging; approximately 70% for paper packaging; 50–80% for glass packaging; and 30–90% for metal packaging depending on the region.
  • This leaves an enormous amount of unutilised resources. Manufacturers, brand owners and retailers are looking to shift towards a circular economy where no material is wasted, but utilised multiple times.
  • Key drivers and technological challenges are analysed for material supply, collection for recycling, sorting, recycling, and end of life waste options for packaging materials, including recyclable, recycled, and renewable materials.

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Our exclusive content:

  • A comprehensive analysis of key factors that will impact selection and use of recyclable, recovered and renewable packaging across 2018–23.
  • Expert insight into how these will shape the future of the packaging lifecycle.
  • Exclusive forecasts for recycling, recovery and reuse of packaging in different regions globally over the next five years.

What methodology is used?

The market data and analysis in this report is derived from Smithers Pira’s extensive primary and secondary research programme for recycling of the global value chain for all key packaging material types.

Smithers Pira’s own data on production and consumption of various packaging formats has been cross-verified with production data and trends from key stages of the packaging lifecycle, and statistics from various government and industry association websites to produce a definitive overview of recycling for the world market.

This is supported by an extensive literature analysis of published statistics from trade associations, annual reports from major companies active in this sector, the evolving regulatory landscape, conference proceedings and press releases.

What will you discover?

  • An integrated strategic overview of how multiple factors from all stages of the packaging supply and use chain will impact for the lifecycle of recycled, recovered and renewable packaging.
  • The key steps material suppliers and packaging converters need to take to position themselves for success in this evolving business and regulatory landscape.
  • Market data segmenting the future of recycling for packaging across key metrics and identifying the highest growth sectors through to 2023.

Who should buy this report?

  • Converters and suppliers of global packaging.
  • Raw material producers.
  • Brands and end-users of packaging.
  • Packaging machinery manufacturers.
  • Packaging recycling, collection and sorting businesses.
  • Packaging industry consultants and analysts.

table of contents

Executive summary

  • Introduction
  • Lifecycles of common packaging materials
  • Materials supply of recyclable, recycled and renewable packaging
  • Collection for recycling
  • Sorting for recycling
  • Recycling process and end uses
  • End of life and disposal

Introduction and methodology

  • Introduction
  • The packaging recycling lifecycle
  • Materials supply
  • Collection
  • Sorting and processing
  • End of life and waste
  • Recyclable packaging materials
  • Recycled packaging materials
  • Renewable packaging materials
  • Methodology
  • Definitions (alphabetical)
  • Abbreviations

Key drivers and technology challenges

  • The move from a linear to a circular economy, resource efficiency and climate change mitigation
  • Legislation, governmental, recycling targets, China
  • Corporate social responsibility and policy
  • Voluntary agreements
  • Environmental campaigning and lobbying
  • Lack of infrastructure
  • Difficult to recycle packaging materials and formats
  • The lifecycle of plastics packaging
  • The lifecycle of paper packaging
  • The lifecycle of metal packaging
  • The lifecycle of glass packaging
  • The lifecycle of renewable plastics packaging
  • Roadblocks – effective collection
  • Roadblocks – availability of accurate and comparable data
  • Opportunities – collaboration.

Packaging lifecycle to 2023: materials supply

  • Recyclable – discussion of recyclability of materials
  • Recyclable – packaging design for recyclability
  • Recycled – discussion of recycled content in plastic packaging
  • Recycled – availability of post-consumer recycled plastics
  • Recycled – quality of post-consumer recycled plastics
  • Recycled – discussion of recycled content in paper packaging
  • Recycled – availability of post-consumer recycled paper
  • Recycled – quality of post-consumer recycled paper
  • Recycled – discussion of recycled content in metal packaging
  • Recycled – discussion of recycled content in glass packaging
  • New technologies enabling increased recycled content
  • Obstacles to increasing recycled content
  • Renewable – supply of compostable renewable plastics
  • Renewable – supply of durable ‘slot-in’ renewable plastics
  • Renewable – new plastics developments
  • Renewable – paper certification

Packaging lifecycle to 2023: collection

  • Collection rates
  • The collection process
  • Obstacles to higher collection rates
  • The need for adequate infrastructure
  • The need for consumer engagement
  • Incentives to recycle
  • Deposit collection schemes
  • Labelling for recycling
  • Collection of compostable packaging for organic recycling
  • Issues associated with organic recycling
  • Collection of ocean plastic (small scale, emerging technology)
  • Novel schemes and return to store

Packaging lifecycle to 2023: sorting

  • Sorting of recyclable packaging – automatic and manual
  • Sorting technologies
  • Current issues – size of components
  • Current issues – e.g. black and coloured plastic
  • Current issues – contamination
  • Current issues – labels and lids
  • Emerging technologies
  • Sorting of compostable plastics

Packaging lifecycle to 2023: reprocessing (recycling)

  • Disparity between collection and recycling figures
  • Plastics recycling process
  • Paper recycling process
  • Metal recycling process
  • Glass recycling process
  • Difficult to recycle formats – flexibles
  • Difficult to recycle formats – composites
  • Organic recycling (composting)
  • Chemical recycling (emerging technology)
  • Biological recycling (emerging technology)
  • Recovery and recycling of ocean plastics (emerging technology)
  • End uses for recycled plastic packaging
  • End uses for recycled paper packaging
  • End uses for recycled metal packaging
  • End uses for recycled glass packaging
  • End uses for recycled composite packaging
  • Emerging technologies, including novel renewable materials
  • Upcycling and reuse

Packaging lifecycle to 2023: end-of-life and disposal

  • Incineration and landfill as part of a waste management strategy
  • Incineration – all materials
  • Ensuring packaging suitable for incineration
  • Landfill – all materials
  • Ensuring packaging suitable for landfill
  • Leakage into the environment
  • Oxo-degradable plastic packaging – current opinion

tables and figures

  • Packaging recycling lifecycle – situation in 2018
  • Packaging recycling lifecycle – forecast for 2023
  • Key drivers and trends of packaging recycling to 2023
  • Key technology challenges in packaging recycling to 2023
  • Key players and new entrants in packaging recycling 
  • Key obstacles to packaging recycling 
  • Summary of key regulations and forecast changes
  • Key players in packaging recycling
  • SWOT analysis for packaging material suppliers
  • SWOT analysis for packaging converters 
  • SWOT analysis for brand owners / retailers
  • Packaging value chain, current and forecast
  • Lifecycle of plastic packaging
  • Lifecycle of paper packaging
  • Lifecycle of metal packaging
  • Lifecycle of glass packaging
  • Lifecycle of renewable plastics packaging
  • Recyclability of packaging materials and formats, in 2018 and 2023
  • Unmet needs for the recyclability of packaging materials
  • Key technologies in increasing the recyclability of packaging materials
  • Recycled content of packaging materials in 2018 and 2023
  • Unmet needs for increasing the recycled content of packaging materials
  • Key technologies in increasing the recycled content of packaging materials
  • Renewable content of packaging materials in 2018 and 2023
  • Unmet needs for increasing the renewable content of packaging materials
  • Key technologies in increasing the renewable content of packaging materials
  • Collection rates of recyclable packaging materials 2018 and projected for 2023
  • Unmet needs for the collection of recyclable packaging materials
  • Key technologies in recyclable packaging collection
  • Collection rates of renewable (compostable) packaging materials 2018 and projected for 2023
  • Unmet needs for the collection of renewable (compostable) packaging materials
  • Key technologies in renewable (compostable) packaging collection
  • Collection processes for recyclable packaging
  • Collection processes for renewable (compostable) packaging
  • Novel collection processes, e.g. return to store
  • Sorting of recyclable packaging materials 2018 and 2023
  • Unmet needs of sorting of recyclable packaging
  • Key technologies in recyclable packaging sorting
  • Sorting of renewable (compostable) packaging materials 2018 and 2023
  • Unmet needs of sorting of renewable (compostable)  packaging
  • Key technologies in renewable (compostable) packaging sorting
  • Sorting of recyclable packaging for processing
  • Sorting of renewable (compostable) packaging for processing
  • Estimated recycling rates (vs collection rates) 2018 and 2023
  • End uses for recycled packaging materials
  • Plastics recycling process
  • Paper recycling process
  • Metal recycling process
  • Glass recycling process
  • Organic recycling process
  • Chemical recycling process
  • End of life and disposal for all packaging materials 2018 and forecast to 2023
  • Unmet needs in end-of-life and disposal for recycled packaging materials
  • Key technologies in end of life and disposal for all packaging materials
  • End of life and disposal of packaging materials 2018 and forecast for 2023
  • Example landfill site
  • Example incineration process