Recycled plastic export report: December 2020

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Waste plastic will be used to make fuel for cargo ships
A container ship that is used to transport recyclable 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

Exports of PE-based recyclable plastics were almost identical in December compared to November.

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December 2020 saw 27,923 tonnes exported, just a tiny bit more than November’s 27,854 tonnes.

Turkey took the most, with buyers there perhaps aware of the need to stock up ahead of the country’s import restrictions that came in on 1 January. This was a significant increase on 5,972 tonnes exported to Turkey in November and was actually the best ever month since we started collecting this data in 2013.

The entirety of the EU was the next best destination with 9,309 tonnes up on November’s 5,965 tonnes.

Poland was strongly back in the market in December with 3,843 tonnes after just buying 367 tonnes in the previous month.

Following there was the Netherlands with 1,823 tonnes, up from 1,291 tonnes.

Belgium was the only other EU destination importing more than 1,000 tonnes with it taking 1,007 tonnes, which was an increase on November’s 777 tonnes.

After the EU, Malaysia was the only other significant global destination with UK exports to there up to 5,078 tonnes in December, compared to 4,087 tonnes in the preceding month.

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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