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Scrap and Waste Material Recyclers and Processors

SIC 5093 | NAICS 423930

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

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Recycling Facilities  (view report)
Recyclable Material Wholesaling  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

GIE Media, Inc.
Recycling Today

Monthly trade journal features news and information for recycling business owners and managers, with topics covered in each issue including market trends for specific market segments and commodities, business operations, workplace management, and recycler profiles, and special features including the annual "Scrap Market Review" published in the December issue. Digital editions are available online.


Recyclable Material Wholesalers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

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

Scrap Magazine
Bimonthly trade association publication features news and information for professional recyclers, with topics covered in various issues including market trends for specific markets and commodities, export trends, business management, equipment, safety and operations, and conference and event coverage, and special features including the annual "Market Forecast" published in the January/February issue.

The U.S. Recycling Industry: Commodities
Commodities section provides an overview of the recycling process for specific commodities and also includes links to additional information for each commodity such as factsheets, news items, and other resources, with commodities covered including ferrous metals, nonferrous metals (e.g., aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc), paper, plastics, glass, electronics, tires and rubber, and textiles.

ISRI Scrap Yearbook
Annual yearbook publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. scrap recycling industry and the economic and environmental benefits it provides, and also includes overviews of how scrap materials are generated, processed, and used for commodities such as ferrous metals, nonferrous metals, precious metals, paper and fiber, plastics, electronics, rubber and tires, glass, and textiles.

American Metal Market
Scrap Trends Outlook

Subscription publication features news and analysis on current and prospective trends in the ferrous scrap metal market, with topics covered in each issue including overall market direction; historical trends by selected grade; outlook by scrap categories; things to watch in the month ahead; market perceptions; outlook by region, buyer, and seller; and longer-term outlook over the next six months.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Recyclable Material Wholesalers / Automobile Dismantling and Recycling
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "423930" and "423140"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Recyclable Material Wholesalers

Financial information section of this profile includes income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios for companies that process and wholesale automotive and industrial scrap materials and other recyclables such as ferrous metals (iron, steel), nonferrous metals (aluminum, copper, copper alloys, lead, zinc, and tin), paper, cardboard, batteries, electronics, glass, used oil, plastics, rubber, and tires.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

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

Paper and Waste Recycling Services
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in the paper and waste recycling sector such as plant manager, production supervisor, forklift operator, and truck driver, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Waste Management, Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Pratt Industries, Inc., and Republic Services, Inc.

Scrap Metal Recycling
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in the ferrous and nonferrous metal recycling sector, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., The David J. Joseph Company, OmniSource Corp., Alter Trading Corp., Newell Recycling of Atlanta, Inc., EMR Group, and PSC Metals, Inc.

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