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GCC Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Markets Outlook, 2020

  • Report

  • 63 Pages
  • July 2020
  • Region: Middle East
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5135969

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Drive Rapid Growth in the Region, Backed by High Waste Volumes, Government Initiatives and Low Recycling Rates

Municipal waste management has become a significant concern amongst the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The total municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in the region is expected to reach as high as 127.5 million megatonnes (MT) in 2020. The existing landfilling strategies in the GCC region will not suffice to handle such a high volume of waste. This gap in requirements will result in countries adopting alternate mechanisms to tackle waste management.

The critical gap in the present waste management value chain is source segregation. GCC countries do not follow adequate source segregation but have an efficient collection and transportation system. Although the United Arab Emirates still lacks sufficient source segregation, the country is better than other GCC nations in terms of waste management infrastructure with transfer stations, material recovery facilities and engineered landfills. The GCC countries also lack sufficient waste-to-energy plants.

The publisher expects the GCC countries to make a shift towards integrated waste management with an emphasis on waste-to-value methods, such as recycling. This shift in approach can already be seen in the form of recent tenders for waste management in the GCC, as well as the much broader Middle East and North African regions. The new approach will also cause severe disruptions to the existing waste management industry, which has so far been focused on aspects of collection and transportation primarily. Additionally, there is also a need for a greater focus on improving the segregation process, both at source and material recovery facilities. Such disruptions will result in the emergence of opportunities in the sector for companies that can deliver solutions around segregation, recycling, treatment and waste to energy across services, technology, and equipment. The growth opportunities would not be limited to equipment specific to waste. Even energy equipment and pollution control equipment manufacturers stand to gain an increase in demand for boilers, incinerators and flue-gas treatment systems.

Considering the present situation, waste management companies must focus on skill development, partnerships, and technology acquisition. The author predicts that municipalities in the GCC would play a key role in accelerating optimization through benchmarking, assessment of successful models in other regions, and implementing those learnings in the regional context. This development will bring in more technology and industrial internet of things (IIoT) adoption in the waste management sector. Smart bins, drones, and artificial intelligence/data analytics are all expected to be deployed in the waste management value chain in the long term to improve recycling and efficiency.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the key growth opportunities for waste recycling companies?
  • What are the circular economy and waste recycling initiatives by GCC governments that drive growth opportunities?
  • What are the leading waste recycling trends to watch out for in 2020?
  • What is the impact of digitalisation in the waste recycling market?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • GCC Waste Recycling and Circular Economy - Top Predictions for 2020
  • Circular Economy - Concept and Opportunities
  • GCC Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Opportunities

2. Research Scope and Segmentation
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer

3. GCC Waste Recycling and Circular Economy Market Outlook - 2020–2024
  • Total Solid Waste Generation Scenario
  • Total Solid Waste Generation by Country
  • Total Solid Waste Generation by Type of Waste
  • Total Solid Waste Generation by Type of Waste and Country
  • GCC Waste Recycling Trends 2020
  • GCC Waste Recycling Market - Top Trends: Zero Landfills
  • GCC Waste Recycling Market - Top Trends: Material Recovery Facilities, Plastic Recycling and C&D Waste Recycling

4. GCC Waste Recycling Market Outlook - Key Technology Trends
  • GCC Waste Recycling Market - Top Technology Trends

5. Circular Economy - Global Perspective and GCC Initiatives
  • Circular Economy Concept and Benefits - In Perspective
  • Major Initiatives Towards a Circular Economy - Saudi Arabia
  • Major Initiatives Towards a Circular Economy - UAE
  • Major Initiatives Towards a Circular Economy - Oman

6. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action - Plastic to Fuel
  • Growth Opportunity 1 - Plastic to Fuel
  • Benefits in the Adoption of Plastic to Fuel Technology
  • Key Elements That Enable a Circular Economy of Plastic Waste
  • The Era of New Plastics Economy
  • Case Study - Plastic Waste Recycling in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • Major Initiatives to Boost Plastic Waste Recycling in the GCC
  • Future of the Circular Economy of Plastic Waste

7. Recycling of C&D Waste
  • Growth Opportunity 2 - Recycling of C&D Waste
  • Circular Economy Concept for C&D Waste Management
  • Key Elements that Enable a Circular Economy of C&D Waste
  • C&D Waste Recycling Scenario in the GCC
  • Major Initiatives to Boost C&D Waste Recycling in the GCC

8. Recycling of Aluminium Waste
  • Growth Opportunity 3 - Recycling of Aluminium Waste
  • Critical Success Factors to Enable a Circular Economy of Aluminium Waste
  • Global Case Study - Recycled Aluminium Used in the Manufacture of Gutters and Drains in the United Kingdom
  • Aluminium Waste Management Scenario in the GCC

9. Circular Economy - Stakeholders and Challenges
  • Key Stakeholders in a Circular Economy
  • GCC’s Path towards Future Adoption Potential of a Circular Economy
  • Challenges in the Adoption of a Circular Economy in the GCC

10. Key Conclusions
  • Legal Disclaimer

11. Appendix
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms Used
  • Reference List
  • Additional Sources of Information on Circular Economy
  • Market Engineering Methodology
  • List of Exhibits