Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market Size By Source (Non-bottle Rigid, Bottles, and Others), and By Type (Polystyrene (PS), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE), Polyurethane (PUR), and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14050
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 235
  • Category: Chemicals & Materials
  • Format: PDF
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The global post-consumer recycled plastics market was valued at USD 58.9 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 125.9 billion by 2033. The primary factor propelling the expansion of the global post-consumer recycled plastics market is the rising usage of plastics in manufacturing lightweight components used in various industries, including food processing, construction, and automotive.

Market Introduction:

PCR plastics are another name for plastics manufactured from recycled post-consumer materials. These polymers are reprocessed to yield a new product. They begin with a finished good, such as a water bottle, which would otherwise be thrown away as solid waste after serving its function as a consumer good. Post-consumer plastics also comprise plastics collected through recycling programmes for homes and businesses. These polymers are extracted from the plastic moulding factory and repurposed throughout the process. Because of the products made from them, these polymers are kept out of landfills and allow for recycling, completing the cycle. In addition to its benefits, using post-consumer plastics addresses a particular problem with environmental microplastics. Microplastics come from plastic waste that has been released into the environment. The primary factor propelling the expansion of the global post-consumer recycled plastics market is the rising usage of plastics in manufacturing lightweight components used in various industries, including food processing, construction, and automotive. In addition, the market has grown due to increased foreign investments in the construction sector, the development of public, commercial, industrial, and residential infrastructure, a rise in online purchases, and the world's rapid urbanization. Because of plastic's strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, durability, and many other qualities, the construction sector uses it for a wide range of applications.

Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market Size

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Recent Development

In June 2022, One of the biggest names in the chemical industry, SABIC, joined with UPM Raflatac to help the latter launch the first package label made from recycled plastic destined for the ocean. This illustrates the potential for sustainable use of these polymers.

In September 2021, The UK's leading waste management company, Biffa, purchased the recycling assets of Viridor Waste Management Ltd. This acquisition will increase its clientele and solidify its position as the UK's pioneer of ecologically responsible rubbish disposal.

In December 2020, Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP), a Canadian firm, employed Lavergne. Through this collaboration, Lavergne started a method for recycling plastics, giving them a new, useful shape and helping its partner firms adopt the circular economy.

Market Dynamics:


Sustainability and recycling- Artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are helping the corporate sector deal with sustainability and recycling. No additional study into this technology, but the coronavirus epidemic is to blame for this. A proper reverse logistics robot is needed to address the issue of used plastic bottles. Robotics and artificial intelligence technologies are being developed to improve the separation of recyclable or useful plastics from non-recyclable plastics in assembly lines. Robots are also taking the role of human labourers in the lifting, sorting, and package delivery tasks.


High cost- The market is expected to be hampered by the high price of recyclable plastic and the residential sector's minimal participation in the disposal of plastic waste. Due to a lack of experience in recycling plastic trash and an insufficient system for collecting and sorting waste plastic, the market is predicted to suffer.


Recycling plastic waste- The chemical sector is starting to organize around the issue in response to public outcry about the pollution caused by plastics worldwide and how industry leaders are adopting a more expansive concept of product stewardship that addresses handling plastic trash in place of the use-once-and-throw-away philosophy that has characterized the plastics sector's history. In addition to being what the public expects and increasingly necessary for the industry to maintain its operating licence, it may offer a sizable and lucrative new commercial opportunity.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the largest global post-consumer recycled plastics market, with a 37.6% market revenue share in 2023.

The demand for non-residential building projects, such as hospitals, schools, and colleges, is predicted to increase over the projection period, leading to significant expansion in the Asia Pacific construction sector in the years to come. This will, therefore, fuel the need for personal protective equipment products, including belts, helmets, safety vests, and other items, and accelerate business expansion.

Asia Pacific Region Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market Share in 2023 - 37.6%

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Source Segment Analysis

The source segment is divided into non-bottle rigid, bottles, and others. The bottles segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 43% in 2023. Plastic bottles are used in various industries to package fizzy drinks, lubricants, water, and medications. Some leading producers of post-consumer recycled plastic bottles include Placon, Maynard & Harris Plastics, CABKA Group, and SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc.

Type Segment Analysis

The type segment is divided into polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), and others. The polyethylene (PE) segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 24% in 2023. This is explained by its exceptional resistance to various substances, including alcohols, dilute acids, solvents, and alkalis. Mostly employed in the packaging, electrical and electronics, and automotive industries, polyethylene is also used to make films, tubes, laminates, and plastic components.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Amcor plc
  • Biffa
  • Coveris
  • Eco-Products, Inc.
  • Placon
  • Sealed Air
  • Stericycle
  • Veolia
  • Alpha Packaging
  • Berry Global Inc.
  • DS Smith
  • Mondi
  • Seventh Generation Inc.
  • WM Intellectual Property Holdings, L.L.C.
  • SUEZ

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 58.9 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 125.9 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 7.9%
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 Source, Type

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the post-consumer recycled plastics market was valued at USD 58.9 billion in 2023 to USD 125.9 billion by 2033.

The global post-consumer recycled plastics market is growing at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Asia Pacific emerged as the largest post-consumer recycled plastics market.

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

Global Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market By Source:

  • Non-bottle Rigid
  • Bottles
  • Others  

Global Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics Market By Type:

  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)
  • Others  

Global Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics 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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