Ban plastic waste exports to developing countries, say MPs

A group of UK cross-party MPs has called for a complete ban on the export of the UK’s plastic waste to developing countries.

35 MPs in total have signed an Early Day Motion signalling their concern about the export of plastic waste, noting that ‘two thirds of plastic waste separated for recycling in the UK is currently sent abroad for processing and that 105,000 tonnes of UK plastic was imported by Malaysia alone in 2017-18’.

The Early Day Motion states that ‘the government should not pass the buck to the Global South on plastic, instead dealing with our own waste on UK soil.’

The signatories to the Early Day Motion are backing calls from campaign group A Plastic Planet for ‘a complete ban on plastic waste exports to the developing world’.