The Recycling Industry's Digital Transformation

How will the recycling industry survive and thrive in the digital era?

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BY LEANDRO HENFLEN
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Competition is tough.
Margins are low.

A new digital business model
Digital disruption does not mean extinction. It means that the pace of innovation and digital execution must accelerate. Challengers need industry experts to execute a flexible and impactful digital strategy while incumbents need the startups to survive and solidify their position. In this paper, we describe the state of the recycling industry and the evolution of the scrap business and the digital opportunity that currently exists.

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The Recycling Industry Is Ripe for Digital Transformation

In 2015 alone, more than 130 million metric tons of scrap metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber, and electronics, valued at more than $80 billion, were manufactured into specification grade commodities by the scrap recycling industry in the United States. The Digital infrastructure is falling behind.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc: ISRI

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Industry Size

In the last 20 years we have experienced the disruption of several industries by utilizing software to rethink and optimize the customer experience. The recycling industry is one of them by size and age.

$106 Billion industry size
in the US
8,000 Recycling facilities operating in the United States
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United States
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The Uber
of Trash

Observed Case Study
Read how a startup from Atlanta in less than 10 years has disrupted the trash industry by just applying innovation to digital services without owning a single truck. They have caught the attention of investors and now expanding across USA becoming a threat for big players in this industry.

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