Plastic waste exports to decline due to import restrictions and Corona

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The plastic waste exports from Germany have fallen to 2020. About 986.000 tons of plastic waste had been transported to other States – about ten percent less than 2019, informed the Federal Association of the German waste, water and raw material management (BDE) of the news Agency dpa. The amount makes up almost one sixth of all in the country collected plastic waste.

The BDE refers to data of the Federal Statistical office for the period from January to September, the has expected of the Association until the end of the year high. Overall, the number is an estimate. The price per ton of plastic waste was 249 Euro, a decrease of 20 percent compared to the year 2019.

China no longer want to the trash

A reason for the decrease in the BDE is not called. Industry experts according to strict import restrictions in China and other Asian countries. The people’s Republic was, for a long time the main customer for German plastic waste, prohibits but since 2018 imports. In addition, the corona is likely to have a crisis: by the pandemic, some of the shops did not materialize; the supply of affected chains.

Most of the German plastic waste-to-exports in 2020, after Malaysia, with approximately 151.000 tons. Approximately 32,000 metric tons less than in 2019. Behind the Netherlands and Turkey to follow. At the same time, Germany imported waste according to the BDE around and 479,000 tonnes of plastic.

Waste exports are controversial. On the one hand, plastic waste is considered as raw material that can also be used in other countries to be further processed to bollards, such as clothing made of Polyester, to the Street or to the toilet pans.

On the other hand, critics point to risks. So recordings of German packaging ensured that the waste in the nature in Malaysia for negative headlines. Greenpeace criticizes that a large part of the waste of the whereabouts and the actual use abroad “it is absolutely unclear and uncontrolled” are. From the point of view of the environmental organization of plastic waste should be exports banned.

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