Recovered Metals: United States

This report forecasts the total recovery of post-consumer metal from the US municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in short tons to 2021. For comparison, this report also forecasts to 2021 the total generation of post-consumer metal in short tons. Total MSW metal recovery and generation are segmented by material as follows: steel and other ferrous, lead, aluminum, and other nonferrous (generation only).

To illustrate historical trends, total metal generated and recovered are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical trends, key economic indicators, recycling initiatives, and secondary metal production. A Segmentation and Forecasts section defines materials, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute materials when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each material segment over the forecast period.

Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the supply base and profiles the leading firms competing in the US industry. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 21-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.

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