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Scrap Recycling & Processing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5093  |  NAICS 423930

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Recycling Facilities  (view report)
Recyclable Material Wholesaling  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

GIE Media, Inc.
Recycling Today

Monthly publication provides news and information for recycling professionals, with topics covered in various issues including commodity reports, company profiles, material recovery facilities operations, scrap yard operations, IT asset disposal/secure destruction, international markets, product spotlights, equipment focus reports, and trade events and conferences. Digital editions are available free online.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Resources available from this trade association include:

Scrap News
Online news source provides news and information for recycling professionals, with news categories including general industry news, trending stories, other top stories, featured podcast, industry voices, scrap statistics of the week, events spotlight, company announcements, people news, new hires and promotions, and featured partners. Free subscription to newsletter is available via e-mail registration.

Recycled Commodities
Commodities section provides an overview of the recycling process for various types of commodities, with commodities covered in this section including electronics, ferrous metals (e.g., iron, steel), glass, nonferrous metals (e.g., aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc), paper and fiber, plastics, tires and rubber, and textiles. All resources including fact sheets, studies, and videos are available free online.

Scrap Recycling Yearbook
Annual publication provides an overview of the U.S. scrap material recycling industry and its benefits, challenges, and opportunities and offers a more detailed look at how specific types of materials (e.g., ferrous metals, nonferrous metals, recovered paper and fibers, plastics, electronics, rubber and tires, glass, textiles) are recycled into new products. Most recent yearbook can be downloaded free online.

Bureau of International Recycling
The Industry / Facts & Figures / facts-figures

Introductory sections provide an overview of the global market for various types of commodities, with information provided including scrap processing and trade data by type of material for ferrous metals, nonferrous metals, paper and board, textiles, stainless steel and special alloys, tires and rubber, and electronics. Fact sheets, statistical data, and selected global trade reports can be viewed free online.

Fastmarkets AMM - American Metal Market
Scrap Trends Outlook

Monthly outlook report provides news and information on current and prospective trends in the scrap metals market, with content sections in each monthly issue including overall market trends, historical trends by selected grades, outlook by scrap category, things to watch in the month ahead, outlook by geographic region, scrap purchaser, and scrap seller, and long-range outlook for the next six months.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Recyclable Material Wholesalers / Automobile Dismantling and Recycling  Search for "423930" and "423140" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Recyclable Material Wholesalers / Automobile Dismantling and Recycling  Search for "423930" and "423140" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Recycling Facilities / Recyclable Material Wholesaling
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for establishments that operate recycling facilities that separate and sort recyclable materials from waste streams, refine the recovered materials into recyclable commodities, and package these recyclable commodities to be resold as inputs for the production of new products.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Compensation & Benefits Survey

Annual survey allows users to compare their firm's compensation data for more than 80 job positions with those of participating members with similar-size operations, with compensation data reported in aggregate for all participants and by annual sales volume, number of full-time equivalent employees, and geographic region. All members who participated in the survey receive the survey report for free.

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation data available from this organization includes:

Paper and Waste Recycling Services
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, environmental health and safety manager, production supervisor, equipment operator, and forklift driver, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Pratt Industries, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., and Waste Connections, Inc.

Scrap Metal Recycling
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as general manager, logistics manager, operations supervisor, scale operator, and heavy equipment operator, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including OmniSource Corp., Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., David J. Joseph Company, and Commercial Metals Company.

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