Recycling export report: plastics (April 2019)

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A container ship that is used to export recyclable materials

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   

Globally, 27,712 tonnes of this material was sent from the UK. This a slight improvement from last month when 27,670 tonnes was exported. However, this is a decrease from April 2018, when 29,501 tonnes was bought.  

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The EU remained the dominant buyer of this material, importing 8,604 tonnes, up from 7,273 tonnes. Poland purchased the most (2,726 tonnes), followed by Spain (1,832 tonnes). 

Vietnam’s trend of buying zero amounts of this material was seen again throughout April. This is no change from March when it also bought zero tonnes. It is, however, a big difference from April 2018 (4,084 tonnes). 

The UK exported 687 tonnes to Malaysia, a big fall from the 3,228 tonnes last month. This is the lowest amount since January 2014 (595 tonnes). 

China’s imports fell from 482 tonnes in March to 303 tonnes this month.  

Turkey was the key buyer globally of this material as it purchased 8,096 tonnes. Although this is a decrease from March when it imported 10,532 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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