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Volume of plastic waste exported from the UK 2018, by country

In 2018, some 102,000 metric tons of plastic waste was exported by the United Kingdom to Malaysia. This made it the leading export destination for plastic waste, followed by Turkey which imported more than 80,000 metric tons. In previous years China was the main export destination. However, in 2018 the country introduced much stricter standards, only accepting plastic waste with less than 0.5 percent contamination by non-recyclable materials.

United Kingdom plastic waste export destinations in 2018, by country

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November 2019


United Kingdom

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* The source indicates that shipments to Hong Kong are high due to it being a transshipment point for global waste.

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