PCR Plastic Packaging Market

PCR Plastic Packaging Market Size By Material (PE, PP, PET, PVC, and PS), By Product (Pouches, Trays, and Bottles), and By End-User (Healthcare, Industrial, Food, Beverage, and Cosmetics), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14323
  • Published Date: May, 2024
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Consumer Goods
  • Format: PDF
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The global PCR plastic packaging market was valued at USD 17.4 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2024 to 2033 and expected to reach USD 45.9 billion by 2033. In packaging, PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic packaging is becoming increasingly well-known as a sustainable option. Using recycling programmes, this strategy gathers consumer-generated waste plastic and transforms it into new packaging materials.

Market Introduction:

To meet consumer demand, support recycling initiatives, and lessen their environmental impact on landfills, several manufacturers are utilising post-consumer resin (PCR), which is characterised as an environmentally friendly packaging solution. Through community recycling programmes, PCR plastics—a type of recovered material made from used PET bottles and other plastics—are recycled into different packaging materials. The primary factor driving the growth of the PCR plastic packaging market is the growing shift in consumer preferences towards recyclable and environmentally friendly materials. Other factors driving the market's expansion include growing packaging downsizing, rising technological advancements, the rise of non-biodegradable materials, growing public awareness of environmental health issues like soil pollution, growing consumer demand for the use of green packaging for organic food, and rising consumer awareness of the negative effects of plastics. Furthermore, the packaging industry's increasing modernisation, technological improvements, and the e-commerce sector's growing expansion will open up new chances for the PCR plastic packaging market.

PCR Plastic Packaging Market Size

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Recent Development

In 2022, With the help of Clariant, Siegwerk, Borealis, and Beiersdorf, the Design4Circularity initiative has successfully produced a transparent personal care bottle made completely of 100% post-consumer recycled material (PCR). This creative bottle design incorporates a printed, drinkable, complete-body shrink sleeve to provide unique branding and product differentiation. The personal care industry is working together to create circular packaging solutions that carefully consider each step of the production process. This initiative's main goals are to promote sustainable packaging by cutting down on plastic waste, lowering the need for virgin plastic resources, and lessening the environmental damage caused by the production of plastic.

In 2022, The well-known Canadian paper goods and packaging manufacturer Cascades launched a line of packaging options made completely of post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials. One of their inventions is a food tray made entirely of recycled PET (RPET). It is cleverly made to work in unison with the packaging machinery already used by food processors and merchants. With great pride, Cascades disclosed that they had dedicated over USD 23 million to creating these packaging solutions made entirely of RPET.

Market Dynamics:


Eco-friendly branding- Eco-friendly branding is very important to the consumer. Customers who care about the environment seek brands and goods that share their sustainability ideals. Companies that display PCR plastic in their packaging publicly as part of their branding show that they care deeply about the environment. This draws in environmentally concerned customers and improves reputation and brand loyalty. As a result, as more businesses realise the benefits of eco-friendly branding, the demand for PCR plastic packaging increases.


Contamination concerns and processing costs- One major barrier to the market demand for PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic packaging is the emergence of contamination problems. Obtaining used plastic materials from various sources is necessary in the recycling process, although maintaining the feedstock's purity can be difficult. The safety and quality of the PCR plastic may be jeopardised by contamination from non-recyclable materials, contaminants, or other forms of plastic. This affects the suitability of PCR plastic packaging in several applications, particularly those with strict quality requirements.


Innovative product development and sustainable branding- Manufacturers who make research and development investments develop creative PCR plastic packaging solutions that satisfy changing consumer demands and environmental requirements. Because of these developments, PCR plastic packaging is now fiercely competitive compared to conventional packaging materials, including distinctive shapes, useful features, and enhanced performance characteristics. Demand has increased due to this product innovation, which makes the market more appealing to a larger range of sectors.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the largest global PCR plastic packaging market, with a 35.2% market revenue share in 2023.

North America's Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic packaging market is exhibiting several significant developments. Demand for eco-friendly packaging solutions rises as sustainability and environmental awareness concerns grow. Products made of recycled plastic are becoming increasingly popular among consumers and businesses. The market is also shaped by legislative initiatives supporting recycling and reducing plastic waste. Innovations in PCR plastic packaging design and materials are also being seen in the area, demonstrating a strong dedication to environmentally friendly package solutions. These patterns suggest that the packaging sector in North America is placing an increasing focus on sustainability.

North America Region PCR Plastic Packaging Market Share in 2023 - 35.2%



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Material Segment Analysis

The material segment is divided into PE, PP, PET, PVC, and PS. The PET segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 28% in 2023. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a thermoplastic polymer frequently utilised in the PCR plastic packaging business. It is prized for being clear, strong, and recyclable.

Product Segment Analysis

The product segment is divided into pouches, trays, and bottles. The bottles segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 42% in 2023. A container consisting primarily of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic material is referred to as a section in the PCR plastic packaging market. Beverages, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene goods are just a few of the liquid or semi-liquid products that are packaged in these bottles.

End-User Segment Analysis

The end-user segment is divided into healthcare, industrial, food and beverage, and cosmetics. The food and beverage segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 34% in 2023. The end-user segment in the PCR plastic packaging market consists of companies that produce, package, and distribute food and beverage goods. Growing consumer awareness of sustainability drives this industry's demand for PCR plastic packaging.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Amcor Limited
  • Sealed Air Corporation
  • Sonoco Products Company
  • DS Smith Plc
  • Silgan Holdings Inc.
  • Printpack, Inc.
  • Constantia Flexibles Group GmbH
  • Berry Global Group, Inc.
  • Plastipak Holdings, Inc.
  • Mondi Group
  • Huhtamäki Oyj
  • Winpak Ltd.
  • Coveris Holdings S.A.
  • ProAmpac Holdings, Inc.
  • Greif, Inc.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 17.4 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 45.9 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 10.2%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Material, Product, End-User

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the PCR plastic packaging market was valued at USD 17.4 billion in 2023 to USD 45.9 billion by 2033.

The global PCR plastic packaging market is growing at a CAGR of 10.2% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

North America emerged as the largest PCR plastic packaging market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global PCR plastic packaging market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global PCR Plastic Packaging Market By Material:

  • PE
  • PP
  • PET
  • PVC
  • PS

Global PCR Plastic Packaging Market By Product:

  • Pouches
  • Trays
  • Bottles 

Global PCR Plastic Packaging Market By End-User:

  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Food, Beverage
  • Cosmetics 

Global PCR Plastic Packaging Market By Region:                       

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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