Plastic Flow 2014

Plastic Flow reviews the quantity of plastic packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2013. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020.

Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2013 is 2,260k tonnes, a reduction of 332k tonnes from the previous estimate
  • The revised POM figure means UK recycling performance is higher than previously reported
  • The estimate was found to be just over 370k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 17% of plastic packaging in the UK

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