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Recycling: Plastics

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the export of plastics recyclate from the UK on the domestic plastics recycling market and the wider UK economy.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA has not made an assessment of the effect of the export of plastic recyclate on the domestic market and wider UK economy.

There is a legitimate global trade in waste, which can be good for the environment and business. Movements of waste to and from the UK are subject to the requirements of the waste shipments regulation. This allows the export of recyclate as long as it is not contaminated to the extent that it could not be managed in an environmentally sound manner in the destination country.

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