The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) commissioned the study to gain a better understanding of the situation, as there is currently limited knowledge of the global trends in place.
WRAP plastics sector manager Dr Paul Davidson said: “The UK has become reliant on the export market to meet its plastics packaging obligations and as the rising export trend looks set to continue, a better understanding of the global market dynamics is imperative.”
The study, also supported by Recoup, is due to be completed in April, and will help inform the UK plastics industry as well as WRAP. It will consider the world supply of recycled plastics to give context to UK exports, and identify where trends in other waste plastic exporting countries may have an impact on the international market.
It will cover all major waste plastic streams currently traded, including plastic waste from commercial, industrial and household sources, as well as those likely to emerge in the future.