Plastic recycling

1)As far as the Council is aware, was any of the plastic collected in 2018 by the Council’s Recycling Collection Services ultimately exported to be recycled outside the UK?

Yes. We should clarify that this  relates only to plastics collected at Devon County Council’s network of Household Waste Recycling Centres (Civic Amenity Sites) only.

General waste collection and recycling services are provided by district, city and unitary councils and in relation to their own plastic recycling we would therefore recommend that you contact them.  Contact details can be found on our website at:

2) If yes, please provide the names of all companies that were responsible for exporting this plastic?

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd

3) Does the Council have any estimation of how much plastic was exported outside the UK during 2018? If so, please provide this in terms of tonnes of plastic exported.

1185 tonnes of Bulky Plastics exported to Netherlands in 2018/19.

4) Does the Council know which countries plastic was exported to during 2019? If so, please provide this.