Recycling export report: plastics (October 2018)

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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     

Exports of scrap polymers saw some big increases and sharp decreases throughout October, depending on the destination. 

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Globally, exports of this material dramatically increased this month to 36,611 tonnes, up from September when the figure was 23,551 tonnes. This is also higher than this month last year when 34,600 tonnes was exported. 

The EU remained the best buyer of this material, and tripled the quantity it imported, up from 3,921 tonnes to 9,062 tonnes in October. This is also the highest figure we have on record for the export of scrap polymers to the EU. 

In August we saw a major decrease of Vietnam imports from the UK as it bought zero tonnes. This month, we see the same pattern as it again did not buy any. This is down on the small quantity it purchased in September (44 tonnes), and of the amount in October 2017 (9,224 tonnes).  

Malaysia nearly doubled the quantity it bought, up from 2,304 tonnes in September, to 4,462 tonnes this month. 

China imported slightly less than October, buying 681 tonnes, down from 718 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 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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