A Plastic Future – Plastics Consumption and Waste Management in the UK

26th March 2018

by Tim Elliott, Laurence Elliott

This brief report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) summarises available data on single use plastic consumption and waste management in the UK, both historic trends and future projections, and considers the
UK’s performance relative to other European countries.

The data presented here was primarily taken from market reports for each product type under license. European and national statistical databases, reports written by trade bodies and consultancies, and academic studies were also used as data sources. Full details of data sources are available in the annex to the Plastics Strategy report prepared by Eunomia on behalf of the European Commission.

The latest year of available data for most of the information presented here is 2016, with a few data points from 2015 and 2017. From this point onwards, future projections are applied. Consumption forecasts are sourced from market reports and projections for recycling rates and other management routes are set based on the potential impact of current and upcoming European legislative measures.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.