Recycling Plastic Export Report: April 2024

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A container ship that is used to transport recyclable materials

These are the latest HMRC export figures for April 2024 for PE-based plastics – commodity code 391510. Only destinations of more than 1,000 tonnes per month are included. 

Polymer – Commodity code 391510 

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Polymer exports saw a slight decrease in materials leaving UK shores during April across Europe and Asia, with 19,134 tonnes of PE-based plastics for recycling leaving the UK, compared to 21,549 in March. 

The market on the whole remained steady. Germany registered a significant drop from 3,734 tonnes in March, compared to 1,428 tonnes registered in April. Otherwise, most destinations registered similar volumes month on month.

April 2024March 2024April 2023
Turkey7,5528,5339,034
Netherlands4,6825,1876,020
Belgium1,7381,0941,879
Germany1,4283,7451,735