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Leading receiving country of plastic waste exported from the European Union 2015-2018

Between 2015 and 2018 there was a significant change in the distribution of plastic waste exports from within the European Union to countries outside the European Union. In 2015, China was the greatest receiver of European plastic waste exports with over 1658.97 kilotonnes. In 2018 the total plastic waste exports received by China was reduced to only 64.66 kilotonnes. The only other territory that experienced a decrease during this period was Hong Kong, which reduced the quantity of plastic waste received from 775.56 kilotonnes in 2015 to 211.53 kilotonnes in 2018. This reduction is likely due to the establishment of restrictions on imports of plastic waste in China.
Due to the magnitude of the reduction in plastic waste exports received by China and Hong Kong, there has been a significant decrease in the total quantity of plastic waste exports in this period. Despite this overall decline, all other regions exhibited an increase in the quantity of plastic waste imported from Europe. In 2018, Malaysia was the greatest receiver of European plastic waste exports, at over 404.12 kilotonnes.

Volume of plastic waste exported from the European Union (EU) in 2015 and 2018, by receiving country

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Release date

October 2019

Region

EU

Survey time period

2015 and 2018

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