Recycling export report: plastics (March 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       

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

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Globally, 27,670 tonnes was sent from the UK throughout March. This is an improvement from the 25,358 tonnes last month. It is also an increase on March 2018 (24,767 tonnes).

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The EU was the dominant buyer of this material, buying 7,273 tonnes, up slightly from last month’s figure of 7,195 tonnes. Poland purchased the most (2,850 tonnes), followed by Spain (1,850 tonnes), and the Netherlands (1,529 tonnes). 

Vietnam’s pattern of buying zero amounts of this material continued into March. This is a small decrease on the 22 tonnes it purchased last month. 

The UK exported 3,228 tonnes to Malaysia in March, a decrease from 4,499 tonnes last month. 

China improved its import of this material, purchasing 482 tonnes, up from 157 tonnes. 

Turkey remained the best buyer globally of this material, importing 10,532 tonnes, up from 8,106 tonnes last 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

UK PE exports 2019

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UK PE exports 2015

UK PE exports 2014

UK PE exports 2013

UK PE exports 2012

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