The Future of Recycled Packaging Markets to 2023

With sustainability a key megatrend for the packaging industry this new Smithers Pira research project focuses on the central challenges to effectively integrating post-consumer resins, recycled pulp, metal and glass into the packaging material supply chain.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 03 Dec 2018
Product format: Digital, Hard Copy
  • Analysis of current recovery rates and recycling technologies is combined with recycled material volume pricing data to size the current market by both value and volume.
  • This comprehensive analysis is segmented by recycled material type, packaging format and geographic region.
  • There is in-depth scrutiny of technical and regulatory barriers, brand owner initiatives and design priorities to forecast the market for these materials across the five years to 2023.

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Our exclusive content: 

  • Exclusive data on current and future demand for recycled plastics, paperboard, metal and glass in packaging applications 
  • Analysis of the technical and commercial barriers to integrating post-consumer resin and pulp into a new generation of packaging 
  • Insight into the current and future evolution of the sustainability agenda in packaging.

What methodology is used?

The Future of Recycled Packaging Markets to 2023 draws on an extensive research program focused on a selected series of information sources: 

  • Interviews with packaging recyclers, associations and packaging converters 
  • The Pirabase database of packaging trends and market information 
  • Company websites and annual reports 
  • Market reports 
  • Official government statistics, including Eurostat, and packaging trade organisation data.
  • This is combined with Smithers Pira’s existing expertise and data of the packaging industry to provide a detailed analysis of the recycled packaging material market.

What will  you discover? 

  • Current and forecast demand for all major recycled materials in packaging through to 2023 
  • Case studies of state of-the-art in recyclable packaging design and key steps packaging designers can take to improve the recyclability of their products  
  • The essential performance characteristics and regulatory requirements for integrating recycled materials into packaging.

Who should buy this report? 

  • Processors and vendors of recycled materials  
  • Packaging material manufacturers  
  • Packaging converters and designers  
  • Brand owners looking to achieve corporate sustainability commitments  
  • Private and public-sector industry consultants, investors, and analysts.

table of contents

Executive summary 

Introduction and methodology

  • Introduction
  • Objective
  • Scope & definitions
    • Market segmentation
      • Materials
      • Packaging format
      • Geographic region
    • Data
  • Methodology
  • Glossary of terms
  • List of abbreviations
  • Exchange rates 

Market drivers for recycled packaging 2013–23 

  • Introduction
  • Sourcing recycled packaging materials
    • Closed loop recycling
    • Mixed municipal waste collection/sorting
  • Market drivers and trends for recycled packaging
    • Brand owner commitments to sustainable packaging
    • Consumer attitudes to sustainability and recycling
    • Growing popularity of harder to recycle packaging types 
    • Multi-materials 
    • Multilayer packaging
    • Metallised plastics
    • Black plastic trays
  • The cost of recycled materials versus virgin stock
  • Regulatory requirements for packaging recycling
    • EU 
      • Packaging re-use, recycling and recovery
      • Plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
      • Official authorization for recycling processes for food contact packaging
      • Single-use plastics
      • Recycled in beverage bottles
      • Research project priorities
    • Defining ‘recyclable’
    • China 
      • China Sword
      • Impact on imports of recycled plastics
  • Product and technology developments
  • Biodegradable plastics and pack recycling 

Recycled packaging: technical, performance and regulatory challenges

  • Overview
  • Plastics
    • Challenges
    • Technical limitations of recycled plastics 
    • Recycled plastic additives and their effect on properties 
    • Recycled plastic materials survey
    • Packaging recovery note (PRN) reform
  • Paperboard
    • Challenges
    • Technical limitations of recycled pulp
  • Glass 
    • Challenges
    • Technical limitations of recycled glass
  • Metal
    • Challenges
    • Technical limitations of recycled metal 

Packaging design for recycling

  • Overview
  • Design for recycling criteria
  • Market evolution
  • Case studies
    • Mondi recyclable laminates
    • B&G Products and HAVI standup pouches
    • Innocent bioplastic smoothie bottle
    • Slim-line 100% rPET wine bottle 
    • Ecover washing-up bottle
    • P &G’s sustainable bottle strategy
    • L’Oreal’s recycled, recyclable, compostable beauty packaging
    • Clondalkin recycled shrink sleeves
    • Dow adhesives facilitate multilayer film recycling
    • Feldmuehle Uetersen heat seal paper stock
    • Optys bottle from Coveris
    • Dow’s recyclable polyethylene stand-up pouch 

Markets for recycled packaging materials to 2023

  • Overview
  • Plastics
    • PET
    • HDPE
    • PP
    • Other plastic materials 
  • Paper pulp
  • Metal
  • Glass 

Markets for recycled packaging by packaging format to 2023

  • Overview
  • Flexible packaging
    • Paper
    • Film
    • Bags & pouches 
    • Wrap
  • Paperboard
    • Corrugated board packaging
    • Folding cartons
    • Liquid packaging board (LPB)
  • Metal
    • Beverage cans
    • Food cans
    • Aerosols
  • Rigid plastics
    • Bottles
    • Other
  • Glass
  • Industrial/transit
    • Downgauging
    • Reconditioning and recycling
    • International standards for eco-smart packaging 
    • Industrial package reconditioning developments 

Geographic markets for recycled packaging to 2023

  • Overview
  • Western Europe
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • EU
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
  • Eastern Europe
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • Russia
  • North America 
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • US 
      • Canada 
  • South & Central America
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • Brazil
  • Middle East
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • Turkey
  • Africa
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • South Africa
  • Asia
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
  • Australasia
    • Market analysis
    • Recovery and regulations 
      • Australia
      • New Zealand

tables and figures

  • World demand for recycled materials in packaging by material type, 2013–23 ($ million)
  • World demand for recycled materials in packaging by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • World demand for recycled materials in packaging by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Summary of key market drivers and trends for recycled packaging to 2023
  • Environmental benefits of using recycled materials
  • Summary of key technology challenges for harder to recycle packaging types to 2023
  • Virgin PET v rPET clear prices, November 2016 to October 2018 (€/tonne)
  • HDPE blow moulding v rHDPE blow coloured prices, November 2016 to October 2018 (€/tonne)
  • European Union packaging recycling targets by material
  • The circular economy
  • The lifecycle of plastic packaging and end-of-life options
  • Sample design for recycling criteria
  • Transition table: design for recycling 2018–23
  • Mondi ‘BarrierPack’ for bags and pouches
  • B&G Earthpouch 
  • Slim-line wine bottle from Garçon Wines
  • Ecover recycled plastic washing-up bottle
  • Average global recycled content of packaging materials in 2018 and 2023
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 ($ million)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled plastic packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled plastic packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled PET packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled PET packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Carbon footprint of virgin PET versus recycled PET
  • Global recycled HDPE packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled HDPE packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled polypropylene packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled polypropylene packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global other recycled plastic packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global other recycled plastic packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled pulp consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled pulp consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled metal packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled metal packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global volume of glass packaging waste by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global volume of glass packaging waste by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 ($ million)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in flexible packaging by material type, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
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  • Global recycled packaging consumption in paperboard packaging by paperboard packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in metal packaging by metal type, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in rigid plastic packaging by plastic type, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in glass packaging, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in industrial/transit packaging by material type, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption in industrial/transit packaging by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • New reconditioning facilities opened by major industrial packaging groups since 2015
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 ($ million)
  • Global recycled packaging consumption by geographic region, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Western Europe recycled packaging consumption by enduse application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Eastern Europe recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Eastern Europe recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Eastern Europe recycled packaging consumption by enduse application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • North America recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • North America recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • North America recycled packaging consumption by enduse application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • South & Central America recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • South & Central America recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • South & Central America recycled packaging consumption by end-use application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Middle East recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Middle East recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Middle East recycled packaging consumption by end-use application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Africa recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Africa recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Africa recycled packaging consumption by end-use application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Asia recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Asia recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Asia recycled packaging consumption by end-use application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Australasia recycled packaging consumption by material, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Australasia recycled packaging consumption by packaging format, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)
  • Australasia recycled packaging consumption by end-use application, 2013–23 (000 tonnes)