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Recycled Glass Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Product Type [Cullets (Clear Cullets, Amber Cullets), Crushed Glass, Glass Powder] and Application (Glass Bottle & Containers, Flat Glass, Fiber Glass, Highway Beads, Abrasives, Fillers], Regional Outlook, Application, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI2699
  • Published Date: Nov 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Recycled Glass Market size was valued at USD 1,126.3 million in 2020 and is projected to exhibit a 6.7% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 due to its tremendous benefits such as low carbon dioxide emission, lower energy consumption, lower melting temperature, and less wear & tear on the furnace during manufacturing. In terms of volume, recycled glass industry size will register 6.2% CAGR through 2027, with a targeted valuation of 42,877.8 Kilo Tons.

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Recycled glass is widely used in various industries such as food & beverages, automotive, construction, healthcare, aerospace & defense, etc., due to its wide range of benefits over virgin glass. The driving factors for the recycled glass bottle will be a considerable in the food & beverages packaging, automotive industries, construction industry, etc., government regulation over disposed waste, and manufacturer demand generated for recyclable raw material.

Recycled glass producers are developing methods to boost efficiency and enhance their overall product quality. Moreover, various government initiatives & regulations on waste management, increased recycling rate, and rising public awareness about sustainable development will lead to a substantial growth due to rising number of facilities related to production and processing.

Increasing environmental concerns to address climate emergencies

Rising glass waste is one of the biggest problems facing the world. Most of this waste is sent to landfills and garbage dumps, thus contributing to global warming and climate change. However, the accumulation of glass debris in landfills can lead to the release of greenhouse gases. Heats emit a large amount of pollutants into the environment. Recycling of glass can hence play an important role in waste management in the coming years as it is more efficient and environmental-friendly.

Most developed countries promote glass recycling by introducing grants, programs and funding. Increasing awareness of recycled glass that can address climate issues will lead to higher establishments of glass recycling plants across the globe that will further support the recycled glass market expansion.

The cullet recycled glass segment to hold a major share

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The cullets segment will generate around USD 1.5 billion by 2027 in recycled glass market by 2027. Cullet is a recycled glass that is ready for recycling. Cullet can be used to make glass bottles, glass jars, fiberglass and glass window, ballotin, etc. Cullet has many benefits such as low melting power requirement, reduces the amount of raw material needed, and extends the life of the furnace to a minimum 30%. It finds use in many industries.

A large cullet can be used for mixing cement in concrete construction or asphalt for road construction, a small cullet can be mixed with ceramics, bricks, and blocks to reduce baking temperature, such as synthetic sand in bleach that suffers from coastal erosion, by mixing. with paint, can be used in fluorescent road show, mixed with clay to improve soil quality, etc.

Growing glass bottled containers is likely to boost the demand for clear cullets

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The clear cullet segment will generate around 16.5 million tons volume by 2027 and holds a major share in the recycled glass market due to its wide usage in the glass manufacturing industry leading to high demand among glass manufacturers and large number of applications during the forecast period. They are majorly used to manufacture glass containers and bottles.

Also, larger cullet can be used by mixing with cement for concrete construction or with asphalt for road construction. Smaller cullet can be mixed with ceramics, bricks, and blocks to lower their baking temperature, as artificial sand in the bleaches.

The fiber glass segment to hold a significant share

Fiber glass will account for over 10% revenue share by 2027. Fiber glass manufacturing has become a major application of recycled glass with the need for continuous supply due to higher market consumption. Moreover, fiber glass is a lightweight product, which can be molded into any desired shape, strong, & less brittle. They have properties such as better electrical insulators, good resistive properties, low thermal conductivity, low co-efficient for linear expansion, etc.

Due to their wide range of properties, fiber glass finds application in many industries such as beverage, car wash, cooling towers, food processing, manufacturing, fiber glass, pulp & paper industry, aerospace & defense, automotive industry, metals & mining, etc.

Europe to hold a substantial share owing to the favorable government policies

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Europe market has generated about half of global volume in 2020 and will witness around 7% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 due to the region’s high awareness associated with the reuse of glass and supportive government policies. The European Union introduced the circular economy package to improve waste management and recycling activities. Many European countries are increasing their waste disposal rates, which can low the volume of glass waste disposals and fuel the recycled glass market share by 2027.

The recycled glass market to be fragmented

The market is fragmented due to the growing number of end-user industries deploying recycled glass to facilitate manufacturing of end products. High demand from end-users have resulted in the high threat of new entrants, leading to industry fragmentation.

Major market participants are engaged in partnerships with packaging and container manufacturers to gain a competitive edge over other companies. With the increasing demand for recycled glass in various applications, many manufacturers are investing in research and technologies to gain a competitive advantage.

Governments have also initiated several schemes to encourage the industry. For an instance, in 2015, the glass recycling rate in Europe reached approximately 70% with more than 25 billion glass containers continuously getting recycled in a bottle-to-bottle closed loop and it is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period.

Some of the key manufacturers of the recycled glass industry are Strategic Materials, Inc., Vetropack Holding, Berryman Glass Recycling, Glass Recycled Surfaces, Momentum Recycling, LLC, Dlubak Glass Company, Vitro Minerals, Inc., Glasrecycling NV, Harsco Minerals International, Coloured Aggregates, Gallo Glass Company, Trivitro Corporation, G.R.L, and Consol Glass (Pty) Ltd.

The recycled glass market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments

By Product

  • Crushed Glass
  • Cullets
    • Clear Cullets
    • Amber Cullets
    • Green Cullets
  • Glass Powder

By Application

  • Glass Bottle & Containers
  • Flat Glass
  • Fiber Glass
  • Highway Beads
  • Abrasives
  • Fillers
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • UK
    • Netherlands
    • Sweden
    • Norway
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Egypt
    • South Africa
    • GCC


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Akshay Prakash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global recycled glass market surpassed USD 1.1 billion in 2020 and will depict a CAGR of 6.7% between 2021 and 2027 with growing demand for lower energy consumption and low carbon dioxide emission.
Cullet recycled glass market is forecast to garner approximately USD 1.5 billion by 2027 owing to low melting power needs and durability.
Fiber glass could contribute more than 10% share towards global recycled glass market by 2027 due to the demand for lightweight and low thermal conductivity product.
Europe recycled glass market share is forecast to expand at a healthy CAGR of around 7% up to 2027 on account of robust government policies and increased awareness towards the reuse of glass.
Glass Recycled Surfaces, Dlubak Glass Company, Glasrecycling NV, Gallo Glass Company, Consol Glass (Pty) Ltd. and Strategic Materials, Inc., among others, are leading companies in global recycled glass market.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 193
  • Countries covered: 22
  • Pages: 250
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