Scrap Metal Recycling Market Size, Industry Analysis Report By type (Ferrous- stainless steel, carbon steel, mild steel, cast iron, Non-ferrous- aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, brass, tin, gold), By end-user industry (Building and construction, Automotive, Equipment manufacturing, Packaging, Consumer appliances), By scrap type (New scrap, Old scrap) & Region - Forecasts

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Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market Analysis by Type, End-User Industry, Scrap Type, Region and segments forecast till 2033

Market Overview

The Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market valued at USD 150,670 million in 2022 is anticipated to reach a value of USD 516,400 million in 2033, rowing at a CAGR of 6%.

Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market Forecast in 2022

USD 150,670 Million

Market Forecast in 2033

USD 516,400 Million

CAGR % 2023-2033


Base Year


Historic Data


Forecast Period


Report USP

Product Size, end-user industry, company share, company heatmap, company Material Type Size capacity, growth factors and more

Segments Covered

Type, end-user industry, scrap type

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, APAC, South America and Middle East and Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Benelux; Nordic Countries; Russia; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Indonesia; Thailand; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Egypt; South Africa; Nigeria

Key Companies

ArcelorMittal, Aurubis AG, Kuusakoski Oy, Nucor Corporation, AIM Recyclage, Inc., Sims Limited, Omnisource Corporation, Metallon Recycling Pte Ltd, DBW Metals Recycling and TKC Metal Recycling Inc.

Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market: Description

Recycling metal involves separating, cleaning, and melting of scrap metal that is to be utilised as a new source of raw materials for goods. Metal is a component that can be recycled repeatedly without losing any of its original qualities. Recycling metal has economic advantages in addition to ecological ones. There is always a need for high-quality, sorted scrap metals for recycling since scrap metals have a high monetary value.

The rapidly growing demand for metals, rising consumer awareness of environmental risks, and proactive efforts to conserve energy, which serve as the key drivers accelerating the number of scrap metal recycling facilities globally, are all responsible for the market for recycling scrap metal's quick evolution.

One significant factor driving the expansion of the worldwide scrap metal recycling market is the pressing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining and maximising reliance on natural resources. The worldwide scrap metal recycling industry still confronts significant obstacles due to inadequate machinery and poor performance in the entire output of reusable metal components, particularly iron and steel, despite promising avenues and widespread acceptance.

On the other hand, despite the gaps that still exist, the influence of international cooperation to stop environmental degradation has sparked high-value projects like various action plans that prioritise the circular economy. This would serve as an important catalyst to encourage continued reliance on metal recycling activities and fuel growth of the global metal recycling market.

Due to its potential to help achieve the objective of a fully circular economy, steel is becoming more popular in the scrap metal recycling industry. In order to avoid all unnecessary landfilling of waste, ArcelorMittal S.A., a multinational steel manufacturing company based in Luxembourg, is enhancing steel's advantage of high recyclability. Manufacturers in the scrap metal recycling sector are taking notice of the high cost of producing steel in comparison to the supply of scrap that are accessible.

In the upcoming years, it is anticipated that the market for recycling scrap metal will have less growth. Metals like steel, aluminium, and others must be manually separated from recyclables like paper and plastic. After each cycle of reuse, aluminium has a tendency to deteriorate. As a result, the quality of recycled goods may vary. Therefore, it is projected that this variety in recycled products will have a detrimental influence on the finished product and ultimately have a negative impact on the market for recycling scrap metal's growth prospects.

Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market- Segmental Analysis:

Type Insights

Ferrous hold the largest market share among others, and is projected to grow further in the coming years.

End-User Industry Insights

Building and construction lead the market with the highest market share, and is anticipated to increase more in the coming future years.

Scrap Type Insights

New Scrap metal recycling companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency of their operations. AI can be used to automate sorting processes and identify high-value metals, which can help companies maximize their profits.

Regional Insights

The major regions constituting the geographical ambit of this business sphere are North America, Middle East & Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America. Among these, Asia Pacific is projected to capture a substantial revenue share. Government rules and regulations that are practical have contributed to this industry expansion. Additionally, the industry may see opportunities due to the rising demand for scrap products.

Competitive Analysis

The prominent companies defining the competitive terrain of this marketplace are ArcelorMittal, Aurubis AG, Kuusakoski Oy, Nucor Corporation, AIM Recyclage, Inc., Sims Limited, Omnisource Corporation, Metallon Recycling Pte Ltd, DBW Metals Recycling and TKC Metal Recycling Inc.

Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market- Segmental Analysis

By Type

Ferrous- stainless steel, carbon steel, mild steel, cast iron

Non-ferrous- aluminium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, brass, tin, gold


By End-User Industry

Building and construction


Equipment manufacturing


Consumer appliances


By Scrap Type

New scrap

Old scrap

Why to buy this Report?

The report provides quantitative and qualitative aspect for Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market in terms of value and volume, along with supporting market trends, challenges, restraints.

The report provides an in depth analysis from both Type Sizeion and consumption point of view at the regional and country level. Key Factors considered within the report scope are Type Sizeion capacity by countries/regions, average End Use, consumption ratio, revenue earned and gross margin.

The report provides competitive analysis of around 30-50 companies operated in Global Scrap Metal Recycling Market, these companies are bifurcated into niche players, the leaders and major contenders. The companies are analyzed in terms of following factors such as:

Business Model

Type Sizeion Capacity, Revenue, Sales, Gross Margin

Key Business Strategy

SWOT Analysis

In terms of competitive landscape, the report provides distinctive factors that would help the Card Type Size in taking a key decision within the business:

Company Share Analysis from 2020-2022

Company Analysis by Revenue and Sales

Company Type Size Capacity, Gross Margin

Company Share Analysis by Card Type Size/Card Type Size

Company Share Analysis by Type Size/Specification

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