Recycled plastic export report: August 2019

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Recycling exports
A container ship used to transport recycled materials

Please note this report just focuses on the waste polymers of ethylene commodity code (391510), as exports of other plastics are relatively small in volume

Plastic exports jumped considerably in August with Malaysia in particular taking much more material.

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Data from HMRC shows that 48,935 tonnes was sent abroad from the UK, a significant increase on July’s 33,714 tonnes. This was also the best month for exports of this commodity code since February 2017.

Malaysia was the key destination, taking 23,891 tonnes – a huge jump on July’s 2,607 tonnes. This was the highest monthly figure for exports to the country since we started collating the data in 2012.

Hong Kong was next improving in August to 9,843 tonnes from July’s 7,297 tonnes.

EU as a whole was the next best destination with 7,367 tonnes, down from 8,172 tonnes in July. Poland remained the best EU destination with 2,930 tonnes largely unchanged from 2,927 tonnes in July.

Turkey took 5,231 tonnes from the UK in August, down from 6,028 tonnes in July.

PE key destinations (391510)

wdt_ID Date China Malaysia Vietnam EU total
1 01/12/2017 1,593,325 8,154,599 5,185,643 2,356,480
2 01/11/2017 1,340,655 11,929,056 8,441,914 5,064,111
3 01/10/2017 3,937,218 8,448,893 9,224,031 6,378,656
4 01/09/2017 6,735,842 8,836,402 6,965,057 6,021,468
5 01/08/2017 12,986,863 8,042,469 4,297,452 6,436,902
6 01/07/2017 14,879,464 6,984,245 2,828,813 1,917,806
7 01/06/2017 13,836,510 5,912,876 3,276,369 6,344,826
8 01/05/2017 10,244,233 6,634,566 2,371,000 5,126,138
9 01/04/2017 16,314,413 5,812,466 1,722,387 3,563,463
10 01/03/2017 20,367,409 2,720,115 1,448,964 4,328,398

Full historic export data

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