SOURCE: Frost & Sullivan

March 22, 2011 02:30 ET

Regulatory Pressures and Legislative Support Provide Growth Momentum to the European Waste Recycling Market, States Frost & Sullivan

LONDON--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Europe maintains a strong position in the global recycling market. Germany has been a key contributor to this position due to its technological leadership as well as strong commitment to addressing environmental concerns such as waste management through active legislation. In addition, Germany has emerged strongly from the economic downturn, and it is anticipated that recycling in the region will get a boost from 2010 onwards.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Strategic Opportunities in the European Waste Recycling Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $6.1 billion in 2009 and estimates this to reach $7.47 billion in 2016.

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"Recycling remains an essentially regulatory driven market in the EU, with some prominent countries managing wastes better than standards required by legislation," notes Frost & Sullivan Programme Manager Suchitra Padmanabhan. "Overall, key growth markets such as the United Kingdom and Southern Europe are mainly motivated by the need to conform to EU Directives."

The effect of European stimulated policies and legislation, particularly the Waste Framework and EU Landfill Directive, is mainly responsible for the shift away from landfill towards recycling. They stipulate the amount of waste going towards landfill as the last resort and thereby stimulate other alternatives for waste treatment including recycling and reuse.

A key challenge remains the legislative variations across the region. With each member state transposing EU Directives into their national laws, there is a significant amount of local and regional variation that exists across Europe.

"This is visible both in terms of the varied nature of the success of implementation so far in the different states as well as the degree of compliance with legislative enforcement," adds Padmanabhan. "These variations have compelled companies working in the waste management market to closely track legislative measures and changes as well as attempt to cover these provisions in their workings."

Moreover, this high level of regional diversity has opened up the market to a number of local companies that specialise solely in waste management. At the same time, it has motivated even large multinational companies to establish a local presence in individual markets to cover them comprehensively. Legislative variations have underpinned the critical importance of gaining an understanding of local collection and waste management techniques.

Having a local base is, therefore, essential in this market, as regional variations require a keen understanding of local dynamics. A local base, in turn, provides an avenue to develop an understanding of local practices prevalent in waste management.

"Waste management remains an essentially localised business, demonstrated in the proliferation of a large number of local participants across Europe," concludes Padmanabhan. "Multinationals keen to expand across Europe should access this route to gain entry into local markets across Europe."

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