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Post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) are reprocessed plastics derived from end products that have completed their life cycle as consumer goods and would otherwise have been discarded as solid waste products. These include plastics that have been collected in the residential and commercial recycling programs.

Environment-friendly packaging products have become tremendously popular lately as a vast number of market players are opting for more sustainable design owing to the number of plentiful advantages of using recycled materials.

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market - Fast. MR

Consumer plastic waste includes bottles, films, and foams, and others, while post-consumer plastic waste management includes recycling, recovery, and disposal of plastic waste. These systems ensure the safe collection, segregation, storage, transportation, processing, and disposal of generated plastic waste and also ensure that no harm is caused to the environment during this process. For this, the process is undertaken in compliance with the regulations and standards prescribed by governments or related associations.

The global post-consumer recycled plastics market is anticipated to grow at a steady CAGR in the forthcoming years.


The growth of this market is attributed to major relying factors including; the growing demand for using recycled products to produce packaging materials, the growing demand for packaging products, the global rise in awareness programs that are associated with sustainable waste management practices, the increasing plastic consumption in the production of lightweight components used across various industry verticals, the rapid advancement in plastic recycling, the increasing government initiatives to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment,  increasing research and development investments in the recycling of plastics and the increase in foreign investments in the construction market, etc.

Additionally, an increasing inclination in terms of collection, domestic recycling, recovery of plastic, the export of plastic waste, and implementation of legislative regulations has progressively been observed in the global market for post-consumer recycled plastics. These activities have comprehensively contributed to the growth in demand for methods, solutions, and services pertaining to plastic waste management, which in turn has augmented the market for post-consumer recycled plastics.

Moreover, the surge in demand for plastics in developing countries, and the collaborations between the public and private sector for the management of plastic waste is anticipated to boost the growth of the post-consumer plastics market.

Furthermore, growth in demand for packaging products due to rise in eCommerce, development of residential, industrial, commercial, and public infrastructure, rapid urbanization across the globe, rapid advancements in technologies in producing post-consumer recycled products and materials, growing government initiatives on promoting post-consumer recycled plastics businesses, advancements in processing and sorting technologies allowing a wider variety of plastic to be recycled into high-quality resins, continued support by federal, state and local governments for recycling efforts and an improved collection infrastructure which raises the plastic recycling rate will further enhance the growth of the market.

However, factors such as the less participation of residential sector in the management of plastic waste, the lack of skilled & trained professionals, FDA regulations in practice for packaging food products across the globe, shortage in the supply of recycled plastic packaging products, the high costs of recycling plastics, the absence of a required framework for the collection of waste and segregation and fewer treatment plants hinder the growth of this market.


By Product Type:

  • Cups
  • Blister Packs
  • Container Bags
  • Bottles
  • Clamshells
  • Others

By Polymer Type:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • High-density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)
  • Other Polymer Types

By Processing Type:

  • Chemical Process
  • Mechanical Process
  • Biological Process

By Service:

  • Collection & Transportation
  • Recycling
  • Incineration
  • Landfill
  • Others

By End-Use Vertical:

  • Packaging
  • Building & Construction
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Textile & Clothing
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa


The Asia Pacific region dominates the post-consumer recycled plastics market and is expected to grow at a massive growth rate in the years to come owing to factors including; the increasing and existing huge population in countries such as India and China, the rising GDP, increasing disposable incomes of people in the region, the proliferating demand for non-residential construction projects, such as hospitals, schools, and college leading to increased demands for personal protective equipment products, such as safety vests, helmets, safety belts, the presence of major industry players and the increasing technological advancements in the region etc.

The European region holds the second largest market share in the post consumer recycled plastics market and is projected for robust growth in the years to come. The growth could be attributed to the adoption of various economical practices to reduce the carbon footprint associated with plastic production by increasing the post-consumer plastic recycling in the region, the growing post-consumer plastic recycling industry, implementation of landfill taxes in few parts of the region resulting in the increased costs of dumping as compared to recycling and the presence of prominent players in the region etc.

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The North American region holds a substantial share in the post-consumer recycled plastics market and is anticipated to witness promising growth in the coming years due to factors such as the growth of the major end-use industries, the rising construction industry, the rising demand for packed and processed food in the region, growing formulation and adoption of major steps to initiate material sorting infrastructures in the region, rapid advancements in the waste management industry and the increasing number of strict regulations associated with plastic waste collection & recycling etc. The major contributors in the region include U.S, Canada and Mexico.


  • Biffa
  • DS Smith
  • Amcor Rigid Plastics USA Inc.
  • Genpak LLC
  • Papier-Mettler
  • Inhaber Michael Mettler e.K.
  • Tray-Pak Corporation
  • Alpha Packaging Inc.,
  • Shell International B.V.
  • Eco-Products Inc.
  • Seventh Generation Inc.
  • Mondi
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • Sealed Air
  • Veolia Environnement S.A.
  • SUEZ
  • Waste Management Inc.
  • Republic Services Inc.
  • Stericycle Inc.
  • WM Intellectual Property Holdings L.L.C.
  • Coveris
  • Placon Corporation Inc.
  • Waste Connections
  • Other Players


  1. In December 2020, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry announced that its engineering thermoplastics business is expanding its portfolio of CYCOLOY and LEXAN resins containing high levels of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. Typical applications for the portfolio will include consumer electronics and accessories such as chargers and adapters, printers, copiers and laptop housing.
  2. In December 2020,NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Revolutionannounced an agreement for NOVA Chemicals to sell recycled low / linear low-density polyethylene (r(L)LDPE) produced by Revolution. The agreement marks Revolution’s exclusive partnership with a resin manufacturer and builds NOVA Chemicals’ portfolio of post-consumer resin (PCR) offerings for its customers.

Timeline Considered for Analysis:
- 2019: Base Year
- 2020 to 2025: Forecast Period

Research Scope and Deliverables
Overview & Executive Summary
Market Drivers, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Market Size and Forecast Projections
Macroeconomic Indicators of Various Countries Impacting the Growth of the Market
Extensive Coverage of Industry Players including Recent Product Launches and Market Activities
Porter’s Five Force Analysis

Market Segmentation Analysis:
Industry report analyzes the global post-consumer recycled plastics market by the following segments:

  • Product Type
  • Polymer Type
  • Processing Type
  • Service
  • End-Use Vertical

Customization: We also offers customization’s in the industry report as per the company’s specific needs.

Key Questions Answered in the Global Post-consumer Recycled Plastics Industry Report

  • What is the overall market size in 2019? What will be the market growth during the forecast period i.e. 2020-2025?
  • Which region would have high demand for product in the upcoming years?
  • What are the factors driving the growth of the market?
  • Which sub-market will make the most significant contribution to the market?
  • What are the market opportunities for existing and entry-level players?
  • What are various long-term and short-term strategies adopted by the market players?

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