UK waste exports to Malaysia increased 81% in the first seven months
The analysis from Greenpeace’s Unearthed suggests government trade data shows exports of plastic waste to a number of countries including Malaysia, Romania and Vietnam rose in the first half of the year.
However, overall, exports have declined a drop which has been attributed to the coronavirus.
Malaysia is the UK’s the second biggest market for waste, with Turkey now the UK’s biggest market for plastic waste exports, according to Unearthed.
The data suggests plastic waste exports to Thailand fell by 56% from January to July, while in Vietnam there was a jump to over 1,000 tonnes for the year up to July.
Romania and Serbia, also saw an increase in the amount of waste sent from the UK, taking more than 4,000 and 2,000 tonnes respectively, up from negligible amounts in 2019, according to the data. ■