The UK exported 4.15 million tonnes of plastic packaging between 2010-2017, with 2017 exports having the same carbon dioxide emissions as 45,000 cars.
A major barrier to improved waste management is constant shifting of the regulatory framework. To avoid this, they say that cross party support for the renewed approach is essential to set a clear, fixed goal in law, as was successfully done with the Climate Change Act.
This report also detailed the final deadline for reaching net zero export of plastic recycling should be set at 2030.
According to Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, she said that exporting two thirds of the UK’s plastic waste overseas is bad for jobs, business and the environment. She also welcomed the call for the UK to commit to a bold target of zero exports of plastic packaging by 2030. Achieving this will require home-grown solutions such as implementing a Deposit Return Scheme by 2022 and applying a coffee cup levy as my Committee recommended.
A report named UK the worst offender for illegal electronic waste exports in Europe. The report found that the e-waste was substandard, dangerous recycling operations involving worker exposure and community pollution.
Read the report in full here.