Recycling export report: plastics (November 2018)

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391510 – Commodity Code  

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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November saw a decline in the total amount of recycled polymers of ethylene exported compared to October.  

Globally, 30,753 tonnes was exported from the UK. This was down on last month’s total of 36,611 tonnes, and on November 2017 when 32,570 tonnes was sent abroad.  

The EU remained the best buyer of this material from the key destinations, as it imported 5,953 tonnes, although this was a sharp decline on October when the figure was 9,062 tonnes. The Netherlands imported the highest amount (2,221 tonnes).  

Turkey was the biggest importer of this material out of all destinations, as it imported 5,965 tonnes, up from last month’s figure of 4,984 tonnes. 

This is followed by Taiwan which bought 5,961 tonnes and is a small increase from October’s 5,594 tonnes. 

For the past four months, Vietnam’s importation of scrap polymers has fluctuated. In both August and October, the country purchased none of this material, while September saw minimal improvement (44 tonnes). In November only 79 tonnes was imported. This is significantly down on this month last year when 8,441 tonnes was bought. 

Malaysia almost halved the amount it imported, buying 2,534 tonnes, down from 4,462 tonnes last month. 

China purchased 1,106 tonnes, nearly double that imported in October (681 tonnes).  

Hong Kong fell from 3,137 tonnes to 2,355 tonnes. 

Thailand nearly doubled the amount it imported as it bought 2,025 tonnes, up from last month’s 1,175 tonnes. 

Indonesia’s purchasing decreased as it bought 3,030 tonnes, down from 5,905 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 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