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Recycled Glass Market

Recycled Glass Market Forecast, by Product (Cullet, Crushed Glass, and Glass Powder) and Application (Bottle & Container, Flat glass, Fiber Glass, Highway Beads, and Others): Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2025

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Author's: Ayushi Choudhary | Eswara Prasad
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Recycled Glass Market Outlook - 2025

The global recycled glass market was valued at $3,529.2 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $5,544.9 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2025.Glass obtained after processing of waste glass into usable products is called recycled glass. It is 100% recyclable and can be recycled without any loss in quality or purity. It is made from readily available domestic materials such as sand, limestone, soda ash, and cullet, which is a term for furnace-ready recycled glass. Sand is used in greater volume than cullet. All these materials are mixed, batched, and heated to a temperature of 2,600-2,800 degrees Fahrenheit and molded into the desired shape. Recycled glass can be substituted for up to 95% of raw materials.

Recycled Glass Market


In several states, there is a mandatory beverage container deposit program where glass bottles are collected. In the beverage deposit program, residents pay a deposit on glass bottles and other containers and then return them to a collection center for refurbishment. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 63% is an average glass container recycling rate.. Various laws and deposit amounts have been established. The state of Oregon passed a law requiring buyers of carbonated beverages to pay five cents per container which is increased to ten cents in April 2017, as a deposit which would be refunded to anyone who returned the container for recycling. Industrial scale recycling is being introduced to China since the price of raw materials and demand has risen. All these laws and deposit amounts tend to improve the quality of glass collected for recycling and increase the percentage of containers going to bottle-to-bottle recycling.

Several countries have started initiating waste glass deposit program in order to manage waste. In England, all drink containers, whether plastic, glass, or metal, are covered under deposit-return scheme of the government. The scheme was announced to reduce the litter polluting the land and sea by recurring a small cash sum to consumers who return their bottles and cans. Similar schemes are operating in 38 countries, and it is believed that the campaigners have worked for a decade for its introduction in England.

Swift industrialization has resulted in large landfills of waste, which have boosted the demand for recycled products. This is one of the major factors driving the growth of this market. Additionally, several government initiatives and awareness campaign for cleanliness are also augmenting the global recycled glass market. The Sustainable Singapore Blueprint is one of the initiatives taken by the Singapore Government to reach its zero-waste goal. On the contrary, complex manufacturing process and contamination by unwanted materials present in product waste stream is expected to hamper the growth of the global market. Nevertheless, advancement promoting the use of recycled glass in industries like automotive, will offer future growth opportunities to the market.

The global market is segmented based on product and application. Based on product, the market is segmented into cullet, crushed glass, and glass powder. On the basis of application, it is segmented into bottle & containers, flat glass, fiber glass, highway beads, and others. Geographically, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA. Supportive government regulations and promotion of glass recycling at institutional, public and professional level is driving the recycled glass market growth. The EU glass industry has a production volume of 35.8 Mta, accounting for 28 % of global production. In 2017 glass production volumes in the EU-28 was significant. Of the 35.8 Mta, 3.2 Mta are exported and 4.0 Mta imported. Container glass accounts for a market share of 62.1 % and flat glass for 29.2 %. All other glass types together amount to 8.7 %.

The key players operating in the Recycled Glass industry include Strategic Materials, Momentum Recycling, Reiling Glass Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, Glass Recycled Surfaces, Coloured Aggregates Inc., Harsco Corporation, Vetropack Holding Ltd., Ngwenya glass, Gallo Glass Company, and G.R.L, Glasrecyclin. Glass Recycled Surfaces turn glass bottles and recycled porcelain fixtures into useful products. Post-consumer and industrial glass is recycled into slab material. In the company, countertops, flooring, and wall applications are created from recycled products. Through mixing crushed glass with an epoxy resin, the company has created over 1,000 designs. Instead of combining glass with cement to create slabs, the company utilizes epoxy resin to offer advantages such as lighter weight, low maintenance, and longer lasting structural integrity.

Global Recycled Glass Market, by Region

Recycled Glass Market by Region



Based on region, North America accounts for major share in the global recycled glass market and Europe is attributed to be the fastest growing region.

Global Recycled Glass Market Size, by Product

Recycled Glass Market by Type


Based on product, the Cullet segment dominated the market in 2017, owing to increasing use of cullet for recycling glass which is driving growth of the market. Every year around 1 million tons of glass waste is transformed into 1 million tons of cullet products. These cullet are processed and sorted based on color with sorting technology to create low levels of impurities. These cullet are then used in process of recycling glass.

Global Recycled Glass Market Size, by Application

Recycled Glass Market by Application


Based on application, the Bottle & Containers segment holds the major share in the market attributed to the increasing use of recycled glass for manufacturing bottles and containers.

Key Benefits for Recycled Glass Market:

  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps to analyze the potential of buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the industry for strategy building.
  • It outlines the current recycled glass market trends and future scenario of the recycled glass market size from 2020 to 2025 to understand the prevailing opportunities and potential investment pockets.
  • Major countries in the region have been mapped according to their individual revenue contribution in the recycled glass market analysis at the regional and country-level market.
  • The key drivers, restraints, and recycled glass market opportunities and their detailed impact analyses are elucidated in the study.
  • The profiles of key players along with their key strategic developments are enlisted in the report.

Recycled Glass Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
By Product
  • Cullet
  • Crushed Glass
  • Glass Powder
By Application
  • Bottle & Containers
  • Flat Glass
  • Fiber Glass
  • Highway Beads
  • Others
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

Momentum Recycling, Strategic Materials, Gallo Glass company, Coloured Aggregates Inc., Glass Recycled Surfaces, Verallia, Vetropack Holding Ltd., Owens-Illinois, Harsco Corporation, Reiling Glass Recycling GmbH & Co. KG

Analyst Review

The recycled glass market is expected to grow at a substantial rate during the forecast period. Glass can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. However, the challenges arise at the cost of recycling glass. The cost of producing glass from sand and soda ash is relatively cheap and the cost of recycling glass is expensive, particularly when different colored glasses need to be separated. Recent years have seen several efforts in the recovery of postconsumer glass waste. Recycling facilities are involved in sorting and processing of municipal recyclables such as glass, which can be recycled in recycling bins, in some retail locations or at community waste glass drop-off locations.

An Ontario-based company, NexCycle, has been recycling glass for 15 years. The company collects both post-consumer and post-industrial scrap waste and optical sorting technology is utilized to sort the glass by color and purity. In Ontario, the regional municipality of Niagara is creating a new market for recycled glass. With funding assistance from the Community Improvement Fund, the Municipality is assisting in a project that will focus on the use of processed recycled glassware in the formation of bio-soil.

Author Name(s) : Ayushi Choudhary | Eswara Prasad

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Recycled Glass Market

Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2025