Recycling export report: Plastics (January 2019)

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Waste Polymers of Ethylene – Commodity Code 391510 

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        

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January saw a decline in the total amount of recycled polymers of ethylene being imported compared to December. 

Globally, the UK exported just 19,562 tonnes, down from 27,701 tonnes a month earlier. This is also down on January 2018 when 23,412 tonnes was sent abroad.   

The EU continued to purchase the highest quantity of this materials, importing 8,477 tonnes. This is an increase on December’s figure of 5,760 tonnes. Poland bought the highest amount in the EU (3,747 tonnes), followed by Spain (1,383 tonnes).  

Over the last few months, Vietnam’s importation of this material has varied, and the pattern has continued into January. The UK sent zero amounts to the country, following the trend of August, October and December.  

Turkey was the main buyer of this material, as it imported 5,643 tonnes this month. However, this is down on last month when it bought 7,588 tonnes.  

Malaysia decreased the amount it imported, buying 1,318 tonnes, down from 2,140 tonnes in December. This is the lowest quantity the country has purchased since June 2014 (786 tonnes). 

China’s import fell from 1,061 tonnes to 745 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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