Recycling will prevail – worldwide
This new magazine is dedicated to the business opportunities in the recycling industry because we are convinced that recycling will become increasingly more important all over the world.
Recent initiatives have meanwhile been created on all continents in order to launch a circular economy. The reason for this is very simple: The increasing amounts of waste pose a danger to the community and to the environment, even though municipal solid waste will always be associated with human civilization. According to a recent study of the British company Future Markets Insights, it is to be expected that the global volume of such residues will continue to increase from 1.5 billion tons in 2014 to 2.3 billion tons by the end of 2025.
Simultaneously, products and materials, which are no longer used, can begin their “second life” as raw materials. This encourages a more sustainable way of doing business. Several secondary raw materials are even traded globally.
The governments of many countries have meanwhile increased the legislative pressure so that the recycling rates will continue to rise. Due to the growing number of recycling programs, the global recycling industry and the size of the market for all sectors of the waste management (including collection, recycling and reuse segments) are gaining in importance. In 2014 a market study by Frost & Sullivan predicted that the international municipal solid waste management market should reach 300 billion US-Dollar in 2020. The international market for service in the field of industrial waste management is estimated to reach approximately 750 billion US-Dollar by 2020.
The recycling activities still differ highly in the regions of the world. In this issue you will find several examples: In the USA approximately 134 million tons of the annual 254 million tons of waste end up in landfills, the recycling rate amounts to 34 percent. In South Africa the annual volume of municipal solid waste is significantly smaller with an estimated 19 million tons, whereas 3.3 percent of the urban population is recycling their waste. While India, where approximately 15 percent of the household garbage is recycled, is struggling to gain control of the extent of construction and demolition waste (approximately 531 million tons per year) through recycling.
Many countries cannot afford an expensive waste management. However, the editors of GLOBAL RECYCLING are convinced that the international recycling industry is able to find appropriate solutions for such situations.
We wish you a useful reading and we kindly invite you to join us in developing our new magazine. We are looking forward to your suggestions and wishes.