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Volume of plastic waste exported by the United States 2018, by country

In 2018, some 200,022 metric tons of plastic waste was exported by the United States to Malaysia. This made it the country's leading export destination for plastic waste. That same year the U.S. was the biggest plastic exporter in the world, with a share of 16 percent of global exports.

Further information about plastic waste in the United States can be found here.

United States plastic waste export destinations in 2018, by country

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November 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

* The source indicates that shipments to Hong Kong are high due to it being a transshipment point for global waste.
**Mainly to nearby processing facilities across the border in Canada.

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