The UK exported more of its plastic packaging waste abroad for recycling in 2016 than in any of the three years previously, according to a new analysis by Energydesk. The data comes as industry insiders warn that waste sent abroad may be incinerated or buried rather than being recycled. More than two thirds (67%) of plastic packaging waste
Over 515,000 tonnes of plastic packaging was exported from the UK in the first three quarters of 2016, alone. Much of this was shipped to Asia.