U.K. consumes 4.8 million tonnes/year of polymers, produces 2.5 million tonnes of end product, with packaging taking largest demand share, says new report; plastic waste growing by 2% a year, reached 4.5 million tonnes in 2010
October 5, 2011
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According to the British Plastics Federation (BPF), UK industry consumes around 4.8 million tonnes of polymers a year and produces around 2.5 million tonnes of end product, the largest area of demand being packaging. It is estimated that around 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging is used in the UK, but this figure is higher when including the packaging used with imported goods.
After packaging, the second largest area of demand for polymers is that of construction products, accounting for around 22% of UK polymer supply. Electrical equipment, housewares, agricultural products and vehicle manufacture account for around 30% of demand between them. The remaining 12% of demand is split between medical equipment, toys and sporting goods, clothing and other.
In the UK, it has been estimated that plastic waste arisings have been growing by around 2% a year, reaching around 4.5 million tonnes in 2010.
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