Europe Sorting Plants Market

Europe Sorting Plants Market Size, Growth, Share & Forecast Analysis, By Machine Type (Optical Sorting Machine, Camera Sorting Machine), By Use Case (RSU/MSW, Recycling Plants, Plastic Production Plants), and Country - Market Insights 2023 to 2033

Analysis of Europe Sorting Plants Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Europe Sorting Plants Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The Europe sorting plants market is estimated to be valued at US$ 92 Million in 2022 and further expand at a CAGR of 4.4% to reach US$ 146.0 Million by the end of 2033.

Sorting plants avoid significant amount of labor and reduce the holding time which is generally involved with the waste management. Strong growth in the industrial and commercial waste tends to fuel the demand for sorting plants market.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2022A)

US$ 92.0 Million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 95.0 Million

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 146.0 Million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

4.4% CAGR

Germany Market Share (2022)


France Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~5.0% CAGR

Italy Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

~3.5% CAGR

UK Market share (2023)


Key Companies Profiled

  • Coparm
  • Steinert
  • Sesotec
  • Hammel Recyclingtechnik
  • Stadler
  • Zorba sorting plant
  • Stavn
  • MSWsorting
  • AlShred

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Comprehensive Analysis of the Sorting Plants Market

Sorting plants are installed and designed to minimize waste processing. High disposal costs and rising solid waste across emerging economies in Europe as a result of urbanization and development are likely to boost the sorting plants market. Several forms of the sorting machine are available in the market such as optical sorting and camera sorting machine.

Developed countries such as Germany, France, and others, produce a large amount of waste in the form of paper, plastic, metals, and others, which need to be sorted before being dumped. Hence, it is expected that the sorting plants market reach a valuation of US$ 146.0 by 2033.

  • Short-Term Growth Factors: Stringent rules and regulations by the government towards the waste management system, increase the demand for the market during the forecast period.
  • Medium-Term Growth Factors: Emerging economies such as Greek, Slovakia, and others are adopting various strategies to manage their waste, hence, the demand for the market is estimated to witness high demand from such countries.
  • Long-Term Growth Factors: Integration of advancing technologies such as the use of drones and robots to manage the task at such plants to bolster the market’s long-term growth.

Over the 2018-2022 historical period, the Europe sorting plants market registered a CAGR of 2.6%, and according to the Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market is projected to exhibit growth at 4.4% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Europe sorting plants market forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of sorting plants based on machine type and the country is provided in a nutshell in the above image. Under the machine type segment, the optical sorting machine sub-segment dominates with a 67.0% market share in 2022.

“Increasing demand for a sustainable product tends to increase the market”

Industries generate a large amount of industrial waste which needs to be processed before dumping into landfills or incineration. The industrial waste includes scrap metals, trash, weed grass, wood, garbage dirt, concrete, etc. which is harmful to the environment. Thus, the introduction of the sorting machine is a crucial step toward the protection of the environment.

The demand for recycling sorters is increasing rapidly as these days’ people have become aware of the pros of recycling products. Traditionally, most of the products were highly contaminated or mixed with other materials, hence unable to reuse due to which sorting of materials was difficult as manually it becomes difficult to sort, and was not profitable as well.

Nowadays, the materials are available in a wide range from paper and cardboard to plastic and metal containers and each of these materials needs to be sorted according to their properties. Here, the sorting process plays a vital role in classifying the materials and sending them to the recyclable material end-users.

The rising demand is pushing manufacturers to integrate sorting plants to obtain recyclable materials and extend the life cycles of materials and increase the overall performance of the recyclable product.

“Installation cost of sorting plants limit the growth of the market”

Installing a sorter plant requires huge capital and high operation cost which result in the retardation of the market. Furthermore, it requires high maintenance and skills.

Sorting material is of different sizes and a result of which sorting machine may not give the proper orientation of the material. In addition, sourcing high power consumption is sometimes difficult to maintain. These are some of the vital factors which can hamper the market growth across the region.

Country-wise Insights

Why is the Germany Sorting Plants Market Expected to Be Highly Lucrative?

Sorting techniques are not limited to wastage material, it has a wide range of application in sorting various kinds of ores. A developed country such as Germany pays more attention to the wastage problems and is set to dominate the market in the long-run forecast period. Furthermore, high economic and technical skills in such countries encourage manufacturers to install sorters at different locations to manage waste in organized manner and recycle it effectively.

The German sorting plants market is currently estimated at US$ 23.8 million and is expected to reach US$ 37.96 million by 2033.

“Demand outlook for sorting plants in France”

A developed economy like France increases their demand for sorting plants. Urbanization in France leads to an increase in the volume of wastage, which becomes a problem for the governing authorities, hence, they are installing sorting plant facilities for effective waste management and recycling processes. Thus, fueling the market’s growth.

Since France has the third largest economy in the Europe region so advancement in technical skills surge the market growth and growing awareness towards the safety of the environment and strict rules and regulation implemented by the government for the dumping of materials increases the demand for the sorting plants market. It is estimated that the need for sorting paper and cardboard trash will hype the market growth.

France holds a commanding position at the country-level accounting for roughly 18.0% of Europe’s sorting plants production in 2022. France’s market for sorting plants is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 26.28 million in 2033.

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Category-wise Insights

Why optical sorting machine is Gaining Popularity?

As the economy of an emerging country is increasing, the demand for optical sorting machines is also increasing and it is estimated that the market shares of the optical sorting machines will reach a valuation of 67.0% in forthcoming years.

Optical sorting machines employ in various industries such as the food industry, pharmaceutical, mining industry, and recycling industries. It uses the latest algorithm which enhances the sorting process with precise manners and saves time. Implementing optical sorting technology automatically reduces the risk of contamination from food materials and ensures food safety on the production line. So, it eliminates fraudulent products, resulting in more efficient manufacturing and less waste.

The optical sorting machine is predicted to reach a valuation of US$ 63.0 Mn by the end of 2023.

Will market growth be led by Increasing plastic production plants?

The demand for sorting plants in Europe will increase significantly by 2023. Plastic is not a single chemical product but it is a mixture of different chemicals so it needs to be sorted according to the chemical nature of plastic.

To enable plastic production, the sorting of plastic has to be pure as possible. Fortunately, not all plastic materials are as sensitive to materials as PET or as contaminating as PVC. So, plastic production manufacturers expand their business by planting their production lines.

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Competitive Landscape

Prominent Sorting Plants manufacturers are Coparm, Steinert, Sesotec, Hammel Recyclingtechnik, Stadler, Zorba sorting plant, stavn, MSWsorting, & AlShred.

Market players are adopting various organic and inorganic strategies to gain high market share and also enhance their market presence to reach out to more potential customers in domestic and regional markets.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of sorting plants positioned across countries, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Sorting Plants Industry Research

  • By Machine Type :

    • Optical Sorting Machine
    • Camera Sorting Machine
  • By Use Case :

    • RSU/MSW
    • Recycling Plants
    • Plastic Production Plants
  • By Countries :

    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • NORDIC
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe

- FAQs -

What is Europe sorting plants market size?

The Europe Sorting Plants market is valued at US$ 92.0 Million in 2022.

How is the market for sorting plants expected to fare going forward?

Worldwide demand for sorting plants is anticipated to reach US$ 146.0 Million by 2033-end.

How did the market perform over the last few years?

During 2018-2023, sales of sorting plants increased at 2.6% CAGR.

Which country in the Sorting Plants market accounts for a leading market share?

Germany tops Europe sorting plants market accounting for 25.0% market share.

Which machine type holds the highest market share?

Optical sorting machines account for a 67.0% share of Europe sales.

Europe Sorting Plants Market