Plastics: Waste Disposal

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of Scott Mann Scott Mann Conservative, North Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to public purse is for China and other countries to take delivery of plastic waste from the UK.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There is no cost to the public purse when local authorities or waste operators send recycled plastics to China and other countries to be reprocessed as they are exported as commodities with a commercial value. The Environment Agency spent £559,000 investigating, preventing and stopping illegal exports in 2016/17.

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