Plastic waste in the United Kingdom (UK)

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Statista Dossier about plastic waste in the United Kingdom (UK)

This dossier presents a selection of statistics and facts about plastic waste in the United Kingdom (UK). This includes data on recycling, collection and exports of plastic waste. It also includes public opinions and information about the effects of plastic waste on marine life.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Plastic item consumption in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by type

    • plastic waste sources in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018-2030, by sector

    • Generation of plastic packaging waste in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2016

    • Generation of plastic packaging waste per capita in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2016

    • Recycling of plastic packaging waste in the UK 2008-2016

    • Household plastics packaging collected for recycling in the UK 2015-2017, by type

    • Supermarket plastic packaging recyclability in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Distribution of plastic packaging waste exports UK 2017, by destination

  • 2. Plastic waste collection
    • Household plastics packaging consumption and collection quantities UK 2017, by type

    • Household plastics packaging collection rate in the United Kingdom 2017, by country

    • Plastic pots, tubs & trays collected by kerbside schemes in the UK 2017, by country

    • Plastic bottles collected by kerbside schemes in the UK 2017, by country

    • Local authority Kerbside plastic collection services in the UK 2017, by country

    • Number of local authority Kerbside plastic collection services in the UK 2017

  • 3. Marine waste
    • Litter items collected from beaches in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Plastic/polystyrene pieces and packets collected from beaches in the UK 2015-2018

    • Litter items collected from beaches in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Microplastics found in select waterways in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019

    • Litter items collected from beaches in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

  • 4. Public opinions
    • Survey on probability of plastic pollution in seas in the next 50 years UK 2016-2018

    • Concerns with plastic pollution in the ocean in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Level of support or opposition for levy on drinks sold in bottles in the UK 2018

    • Consumer opinion on deposit return schemes in the UK 2018, by household item

    • Impact of the refill scheme on buying behavior in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

    • Likelihood of returning unwanted plastic packaging to supermarkets in the UK 2018

    • Support for plastic product bans in Great Britain 2018, by age

  • 5. Global comparisons
    • Plastic waste generation in the European Union (EU-28) 2015, by type

    • Recycling of plastic packaging waste in the EU 2016, by country

    • Deposit Return System performance rates in Europe 2016, by country

    • Single-use plastics beach litter in the European Union (EU-28) 2017, by type

    • U.S. recycling of postconsumer bottles recycled 2010-2017

    • Global sources of ocean microplastics 2018

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