Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Market

Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Market Report: By Product Type (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic and Others) By Recycling Technique (Thermal/Chemical Recycling Incineration & Co-Incineration, and Mechanical Recycling (Size Reduction)), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa) Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Analysis, Competitor Analysis and Forecast 2023-2031.

Chemical & Material | December 2023 | Report ID: EMR00362 | Pages: 301

Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling market is predicted to reach approximately USD 74.87 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 5.35% from 2022 to 2031.


Fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) have become more widely used in the construction, automotive, and aerospace industries. FRP is made of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibres like carbon or glass. Growth in the market was fueled by the increasing amount of FRP products that were reaching the end of their useful lives and by recycling-friendly regulations. Technologies for recycling, such as chemical and mechanical procedures, have developed to meet the difficulties presented by composite materials. The market's trajectory was characterised by the creation of novel recycling techniques and partnerships between businesses and academic institutions. As manufacturers looked for environmentally friendly substitutes, the demand for recycled FRP materials increased.




Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling report scope and segmentation.

Report Attribute


Estimated Market Value (2022)

48.25 billion

Projected Market Value (2031)

74.87 billion

Base Year


Forecast Years

2023 – 2031

Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment- Based on By functions, By End-User & Region.

Segments Covered

By Product Type, By Recycling Rate & By Region.

Forecast Units

Value (USD Billion or Million), and Volume (Units)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2031.

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, GCC Countries, and South Africa, among others.

Report Coverage

Market growth drivers, restraints, opportunities, Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, value chain analysis, regulatory landscape, market attractiveness analysis by segments and region, company market share analysis.

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Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling dynamics

The demand for sustainable practices in industries such as automotive, construction, and aerospace led to a growing emphasis on recycling FRP materials. Innovations in recycling technologies and the development of efficient processes became pivotal in addressing the challenges posed by the disposal of composite materials.

The market dynamics were further shaped by a combination of factors, including advancements in recycling techniques, government initiatives promoting circular economy models, and collaborations among industry stakeholders to establish comprehensive recycling infrastructure. The pursuit of cost-effective and energy-efficient recycling methods played a crucial role in attracting investments and fostering market growth. As a result, the FRP Recycling Market evolved as a responsive and adaptive sector, aligning with global sustainability goals and contributing to the reduction of carbon footprints associated with traditional manufacturing processes.


Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling drivers

Environmental Regulations and Sustainability Initiatives

The market for recycled fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) has been driven by strict environmental regulations and a growing focus on sustainability. Around the world, governments and regulatory agencies have been aggressively pushing environmentally friendly behaviours and pushing industries to implement composite material recycling procedures. Because of this, producers in industries like aerospace, construction, and automotive are forced to add recycled FRP materials to their products in order to meet legal requirements and improve their sustainability profiles. The FRP Recycling Market is expanding as a result of this regulatory push, which has also promoted corporate responsibility and created a growing market for cutting-edge recycling technologies and procedures.

Technological Advancements in Recycling Techniques  

The FRP Recycling Market has grown significantly as a result of the rapid advancements in recycling technologies. Processing innovations like pyrolysis and mechanical recycling have increased the effectiveness and economy of recycling FRP materials. Recovering high-quality fibres from waste is now possible thanks to advancements in composite material recovery and separation techniques, which lessens the need for virgin materials. By offering a sustainable source of raw materials, these technological advancements not only address the environmental issues related to the disposal of FRP, but they also benefit manufacturers financially. The industry is driven by a positive feedback loop of innovation and adoption as industries come to understand the benefits of using recycled FRP materials in terms of both the economy and the environment.


  • Restraints:

Challenges in Composite Material Separation

In the recycling process, it is still difficult to effectively separate and recover the individual components of composite materials, despite advancements in technology. FRPs frequently include a variety of materials, such as reinforcing fibres and resins, which can make separation more difficult. The inability to achieve a thorough and economical separation impairs the quality and efficiency of recycling, thereby restricting the scalability of FRP recycling operations.

Economic Viability and Initial Investment Costs

The establishment of advanced FRP recycling facilities comes with a hefty initial investment cost that limits market growth significantly. Even though recycling has clear long-term benefits, businesses may be discouraged by the high upfront costs associated with putting advanced recycling infrastructure and technologies in place. Government incentives, strategic partnerships, and persistent efforts to highlight the long-term financial and environmental benefits of FRP recycling are necessary to overcome the economic viability obstacle.


  • Opportunities:

Innovation in Composite Material Design

The continuous innovation in composite material design offers a promising opportunity for the FRP Recycling Market. Researchers and manufacturers are exploring ways to enhance the recyclability of FRPs by designing materials with easier separation characteristics. By developing composite materials that facilitate efficient recycling processes without compromising performance, the industry can tap into new markets and applications, creating a positive feedback loop that drives both innovation and market growth. Embracing a lifecycle approach to composite material design presents a strategic opportunity for businesses to align with sustainability goals and gain a competitive edge in the evolving market landscape.


Segment Overview

By Product Type  

In the global fiber-reinforced plastics recycling market, the product types are categorized into Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, and Others. The Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic segment is anticipated to experience a robust Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and dominate the market share during the forecast period. Glass-fiber reinforced polymers (GFRPs) are particularly popular due to their ease of forming and design flexibility. Industries such as construction, energy, transportation, national security, chemical engineering, and electronic power extensively utilize GFRPs, resulting in a proportional increase in GFRP waste. The imperative for GFRP recycling is escalating in response to government regulations on waste disposal and the expanding applications for recycled GFRP.

The Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic segment is poised to secure the second-largest market share. Carbon fibers function as reinforcements in carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs), which are composite engineered materials featuring organic epoxy resin as the matrix. Widely used in aerospace, building and construction, automotive, sports, consumer products, and wind industries, CFRPs exhibit high tensile strength, stiffness, temperature tolerance, chemical resistance, and low thermal expansion. The growing utilization of CFRPs across diverse sectors has led to an increased volume of CFRPs reaching the end of their lifecycle, driving the demand for recycling. Key factors influencing the supply chain for recycling CFRPs include security and governmental regulations, cost-effectiveness, and a growing emphasis on environmental responsibility.


By Recycling Technique

In the global fiber-reinforced plastics recycling market, recycling techniques are categorized into Thermal/Chemical Recycling, Incineration & Co-Incineration, and Mechanical Recycling. The Incineration & Co-Incineration segment is poised to experience a noteworthy Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and dominate the market share throughout the forecast period. Incineration, a thermal process, facilitates energy recovery from waste combustion heat, with the option to directly utilize the heat or convert it into electricity. Despite this energy reclamation benefit, the drawback of air pollution resulting from burning FRP scrap exists. On the other hand, co-incineration, particularly in cement kilns, provides a dual advantage of material and energy recovery, presenting a practical and cost-effective solution for Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) waste. The higher cost of FRP incineration, compared to landfilling, is attributed to the system overload arising from the high calorific content and hazardous emissions associated with the incineration process.

The Mechanical Recycling segment is anticipated to hold the second-largest market share. Recognized as the primary method for recycling thermoset FRP composite materials, mechanical recycling involves breaking down scrap composites into smaller recyclable materials. This method is considered optimal for the recovery of FRP materials lacking promoters and those with a reasonable cost structure. The process encompasses size reduction through crushing, milling, or shredding procedures to produce a blend of fibrous and powdered material. This resulting material can be recycled in a closed-loop system or utilized as a filler or reinforcement in various applications. Mechanical recycling stands out as an established and effective approach for the sustainable management of FRP waste, offering a balance between cost efficiency and environmental considerations.


Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Overview by Region

The Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Market exhibits a dynamic regional landscape driven by a confluence of environmental concerns, regulatory frameworks, and technological advancements. In North America, stringent environmental regulations and a robust recycling infrastructure have propelled the region to the forefront of the recycling market. The United States and Canada witness a growing emphasis on sustainable practices, fostering the adoption of fiber-reinforced plastics recycling technologies. Moreover, increasing awareness among consumers about the ecological impact of plastic waste contributes to the expanding market in the region.

In Europe, a proactive approach toward circular economy principles positions the continent as a key player in the fiber-reinforced plastics recycling market. The European Union's ambitious recycling targets and the implementation of extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiatives drive innovation in recycling technologies and infrastructure. Countries like Germany and the Netherlands lead the way with advanced recycling facilities, showcasing the potential for economic growth through sustainable practices.



Asia-Pacific, with its rapid industrialization and burgeoning middle class, faces both challenges and opportunities in the fiber-reinforced plastics recycling sector. Countries like China and Japan are investing heavily in research and development to enhance recycling capabilities and reduce environmental impact. The region's economic growth, coupled with increasing environmental consciousness, is expected to drive significant growth in the fiber-reinforced plastics recycling market.


Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling market competitive landscape

The Fiber-Reinforced Plastics (FRP) recycling market is witnessing a dynamic and competitive landscape driven by the increasing demand for sustainable practices in the manufacturing and construction industries. Key players in this market are strategically focusing on innovation, technology adoption, and partnerships to gain a competitive edge.

Major industry participants, such as Veolia, DSM, and Owens Corning, are investing heavily in research and development to enhance recycling processes and develop new technologies that can efficiently handle the complexities of recycling fiber-reinforced plastics. These companies are also actively collaborating with other stakeholders across the value chain, including raw material suppliers and end-users, to create a closed-loop system that promotes circular economy principles.

In addition to established players, several emerging companies are entering the FRP recycling market, introducing novel approaches to address the challenges associated with the recycling of composite materials. These companies often leverage advanced sorting technologies, chemical processes, and mechanical methods to efficiently separate and recover valuable components from composite materials.

Government regulations and environmental policies are playing a crucial role in shaping the competitive landscape of the FRP recycling market. Companies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and compliance with recycling standards are gaining a competitive advantage, as they align with the growing global emphasis on reducing environmental impact.


Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Recent Developments

  • Oct 2023, Toray Industries, Inc. revealed the successful development of a technology enabling the recycling of glass fiber-reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS-GFRP) with performance levels equivalent to virgin resins. This breakthrough not only enhances the recyclability of PPS GFRP but also holds the potential to significantly decrease CO2 emissions. The advancement facilitates an increased recycling ratio for PPS GFRP, thereby offering a sustainable solution that aligns with environmental goals and reduces the overall carbon footprint.
  • May 2023, Pyrum Innovations AG, a trailblazer in sustainable end-of-life tire recycling utilizing patented pyrolysis technology, has successfully inaugurated the inaugural automated, semi-industrial recycling facility for carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) following nearly four years of development. This marks the world's first comprehensive recycling of CFRP. Situated at the primary facility in Dillingen/Saar, the plant is a pivotal step in laying the foundation for the establishment of a larger industrial facility.


Scope of global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling report 

Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling report segmentation



By Function

  • Glass-Fiber Reinforced Plastic
  • Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic
  • Others

By Application

  • Thermal/Chemical Recycling
  • Incineration & Co-Incineration
  • Mechanical Recycling (Size Reduction)

By Geography

  • North America (USA, and Canada)
  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

Customization Scope

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Objectives of the Study

The objectives of the study are summarized in 5 stages. They are as mentioned below:

  • Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling size and forecast: To identify and estimate the market size for global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling market segmented by metals type, by application and by region. Also, to understand the consumption/ demand created by consumers between 2023 and 2031.
  • Market Landscape and Trends: To identify and infer the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges for global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling
  • Market Influencing Factors: To find out the factors which are affecting the market of global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling among consumers.
  • Company Profiling:  To provide a detailed insight into the major companies operating in the market. The profiling will include the financial health of the company's past 2-3 years with segmental and regional revenue breakup, product offering, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and key strategies.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The growth of the Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Market is driven by factors such as increasing environmental awareness, stringent regulations promoting sustainable practices, the rising adoption of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) in various industries, and the demand for recycled materials.
Challenges in the Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling Market include the complexity of separating and processing composite materials, the need for advanced recycling technologies, addressing economic feasibility, and developing efficient collection and sorting systems for FRP waste.
Recycled Fiber-Reinforced Plastics find applications in various industries, including construction, automotive, and consumer goods. These recycled materials are used for manufacturing products such as building components, automotive parts, and consumer goods, contributing to a more sustainable product life cycle.
The expected market size for Global Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Recycling is 48.25 billion in 2022.
The major players in the market are Aeron Composite Pvt Ltd, Carbon Conversions, Carbon Fiber Recycle Industry Co. Ltd, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials GmbH, Procotex, Conenor Ltd, Eco-Wolf Inc., Global Fiberglass Solutions, Karborek Recycling Carbon Fibers, MCR Mixt Composites Recyclables, Neocomp GmbH and Carbon Fiber Recycling.

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