Market analysis of recovered resources

Between 2013 and 2014 Sustainability Victoria commissioned a series of market analysis reports covering a variety of waste materials identified as priorities for market development. The materials covered in the analysis were:

The following factsheets provide a summary of the market conditions, barriers and opportunities for each of these material markets.

Brick, stone and concrete

bricksThe market for recycled brick, stone and concrete is beginning to emerge more rapidly as new applications, supported by product specifications, become more widely accepted and implemented. This type of market growth is new to the industry and will affect markets for traditional product types. Read more about the barriers and opportunities in these markets.

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Flexible plastics

plasticFlexible plastics are generally challenging to reprocess and it can be difficult to recycle them into high value products. As processing technologies develop and costs reduce, there is capacity for Victoria’s domestic market for products made from recycled flexible plastics to grow. Read more about opportunities to increase the supply of recycled flexible plastics into local markets.

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Glass

glass257,000 tonnes of glass waste is generated each year in Victoria and while 195,000 tonnes or 76% is recovered, only 124,000 tonnes or 48% is recycled back into glass cullet for glass manufacturing. Read more about the key barriers to increasing glass recycling in Victoria.

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Recycled glass market analysis summary PDF

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Organics

organicsThe market for composted products, produced largely from garden organics, has a number of challenging market features and acts relatively poorly as a functioning market largely driven by periodic and structural imbalances between supply of, and demand for, compost products. Read more about challenges and opportunities available to facilitate market development in Victoria

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Organics market analysis full report PDF

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Refuse-derived Fuel (RDF)

RDFAt present there are limited end markets for RDF in Victoria. However, the current mix of waste being sent to landfill suggests that there is potential for a RDF market in the future. Read more about the key risks and barriers to RDF market development in Victoria.

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Shredder floc

shredder flocShredder floc is a by-product of metal reprocessing, primarily from the recovery of end-of-life vehicles and whitegoods, including refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Approximately 150,000 - 200,000 tonnes of shredder floc is generated each year in Victoria, all of which is sent to landfill. Read more about the barriers to utilisation of shredder floc as a recycled material.

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Timber

timberThe demand for recycled timber products competes predominantly with virgin timber and plastic products, meaning that recycled timber products face high competition and price sensitivity. Read more about the potential for growing recycled timber markets in Victoria.

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End-of-life Tyres

tyresApproximately 88,000 tonnes of end of life tyres are generated in Victoria each year. A large proportion of this is assumed to be stockpiled or illegally dumped. Read more about the market risks and barriers impeding the growth of tyre recovery in Victoria.

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