Recycled plastic export report: September 2020

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A container ship that is used to export 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 polymers fell significantly in September 2020, the latest HMRC data shows.

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Just 16,019 tonnes left the UK compared to 28,690 tonnes in August and 24,288 tonnes in July. Indeed, this was the weakest month of the year so far, but also the worst since we began collecting these records in 2013.

Turkey was the best destination with 6,451 tonnes but this was almost half of August’s total of 12,152 tonnes.

As a whole the EU was next with 4,615 tonnes, again almost half of August’s 8,834 tonnes. Spain was the best EU country with 1,027 tonnes followed by Belgium with 941,654 tonnes.

Malaysia was the only other significant destination with 3,845 tonnes, again lower than August’s 5,241 tonnes.

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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