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The packaging recycling obligations

The National Audit Office UK


July 23, 2018

The National Audit Office UK


The packaging recycling obligations

Key finding

A Sixfold increase

in exports of packaging material for recycling abroad between 2002 and 2017

A UK audit of packaging recycling practices found this astonishing increase, with exports accounting for half of the packaging reported as recycled in 2017. What happens to the packaging materials once shipped overseas is difficult to trace.

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