Recycled plastic export report: May 2021

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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

May was a poor month for recycled plastic exports with them dropping to 22,766 tonnes from 47,850 tonnes in April.

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The EU was the main destination with 13,602 tonnes, down from 23,913 tonnes in April. Of this, 4,309 tonnes went to the Netherlands (down from 7,654 tonnes in April), 2,505 tonnes was export to Spain (2,324 tonnes in April), 2,295 tonnes to Italy (2,170 tonnes in April), and 1,704 tonnes to Belgium (1,551 tonnes in April).

After the EU, the only other significant destination was Turkey with 8,737 tonnes, dropping hugely from 23,937 tonnes in April due to tighter import restrictions.

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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