Recycling Services Procurement Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Prices for recycling services have slowly been rising during the past three years due to the recovering economy and a rising number of businesses and households stimulating demand. To help procurement professionals make better buying decisions, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of Recycling Services to its growing collection of procurement research reports.

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Prices for recycling services are expected to increase in the three years to 2016 due to increasing regulatory requirements and the resulting demand for services

Recycling services have a buyer power score of 3.0 out of 5. This score indicates gradually increasing prices. The majority of buyers require recycling services due to strict government regulations concerning the disposal of certain materials, such as electronic waste, construction materials and plastic bags. “Regulations dictate the types of materials that must be recycled and the methods required to handle these recyclables,” according to IBISWorld procurement analyst Aileen Weiss. Handling restrictions and service specializations make it nearly impossible for many buyers to manage recycling themselves, thus requiring them to outsource these services.

Average prices for recycling services slowly rose over the past three years, a trend that is projected to continue over the next three. As the economy recovers, an increase in the number of businesses and households will stimulate demand, resulting in greater volumes of recyclable materials being collected and processed. “Such growth is expected to boost the need for recycling services,” says Weiss. Because there are few substitutes available to buyers, any growth will drive prices steadily higher over the next three years. Furthermore, fuel surcharges, which are passed onto the buyer, are expected to fluctuate as the world price of crude oil changes.

Major suppliers include Waste Management Inc., Republic Services Inc., Clean Harbors Inc. and Casella Waste Systems Inc. A buyer's location can limit supplier options. In many instances, local municipalities will purchase recycling services for residential and commercial properties, charging each customer a fee. National suppliers have the advantage of numerous establishments in many regions. Buyers should select a service provider that is close by to reduce distance-based fuel surcharges. Additionally, buyers can gain more negotiating power through multiyear contracts to maintain service relationships and to shield buyers from some increases in service prices and fuel surcharges.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Recycling Services procurement research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of recycling services. Waste collection firms and waste treatment and disposal companies carry out recycling services. Recycling service providers collect recyclable materials or operate facilities that remove recyclable materials from the general waste stream. Suppliers typically collect green waste (e.g. wood, lawn clippings, leaves, weeds, tree branches, shrubs, garden trimmings and sawdust), plastic, glass, paper and metal, cans, electronic waste, construction waste and hazardous waste. Service providers do not include manufacturers of recycled materials, government bodies that directly provide recycling services to the public, or toxic and hazardous waste cleanup services.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Vendor Financial Benchmarks
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.
IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-330-3772.

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