Recycling export report: Plastics (February 2019)

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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      

February saw an increase in the amount of recycled polymers of ethylene being imported compared to January.   

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Globally, 25,358 tonnes of this material was exported from the UK throughout February. This is an increase from last month’s figure of 19,562 tonnes. However, this is down on February last year when 27,408 tonnes was sent abroad.  

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The EU continued to import the most of this material, purchasing 7,195 tonnes, although it didn’t buy as much as it did in January (8,477 tonnes). Poland imported the most, buying 2,679 tonnes, followed by Spain (1,941 tonnes).  

Vietnam’s pattern of buying zero amounts stopped in February, although not by much as it imported just 22 tonnes. 

The UK exported 4,499 tonnes to Malaysia this month, up from 1,318 tonnes in January. This is the highest amount since July 2018.  

China’s import of this material fell sharply, as it bought just 157 tonnes, down from 745 tonnes last month. This is also down on February last month was 355 tonnes was purchased.  

Turkey was the best buyer of scrap polymers of ethylene, importing 8,106 tonnes, up from last month’s figure of 5,643 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

UK PE exports 2019

UK PE exports 2018

UK PE exports 2017

UK PE exports 2016

UK PE exports 2015

UK PE exports 2014

UK PE exports 2013

UK PE exports 2012

 

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