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Huge drop in steel exports

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There has been a huge drop in recycled steel packaging exports, according to the latest Environment Agency (EA) data.

Figures for the third quarter of 2016 show 41,000 tonnes of steel packaging was exported, down from 69,000 in the previous period, representing a 41% drop.

The amount sent to UK plants rose by more than 6,000 tonnes to 56,000, so the overall amount of steel packaging recycled dropped from 119,000 to 97,000 tonnes.

Elsewhere, plastic and aluminium exports fell by 8% and 12%, respectively, and domestic wood recycling decreased from 112,000tonnes  in Q2 to 92,000 in the latest statistics.

However, all materials are on track to meet their packaging recycling targets easily.

360 Environmental director Phil Conran said: ”Plastic exports were expected to be stronger than Q2 due to the weak pound, but they are actually nearly 8% down – so far.

“It is likely this gap will narrow as final data is completed by those yet to submit quarterly returns, and it does not detract from an overall position that suggests a strong plastics surplus for the year.”

He added that, overall, the data showed the UK was in a good position at this time of year, with little pressure on packaging recovery note prices.

Q3 packaging data

Q3 packaging data

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