FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

18 February 2022

I would like to know what percentage of plastic waste your local authority has recycled in the past three years as follows: 2019, 2020, 2021. I would like it to be broken down as follows:

1. The total amount of plastic waste collected for recycling by your authority, measured in tonnes.

2. The total amount of collected plastic waste that was then processed in the UK.

3. The total amount of collected plastic that was processed outside of the UK.

4. The total amount of exported plastic waste broken down by destination country.

5. Does the Council have a strategy to recycle plastic waste in the UK instead of exporting?



 



East Herts Council Response

11 March 2022

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

  1. The total amount of plastic waste collected for recycling by your authority, measured in tonnes.
  2. 2019 1373 tonnes

2020 1353 tonnes

2021 929.06 (first three qtrs.) tonnes



  1. 2. The total amount of collected plastic waste that was then processed in the UK.
  2. 2019 1010 tonnes

2020 871.69 tonnes

2021 929.06 (first three qtrs.) tonnes



3. The total amount of collected plastic that was processed outside of the UK.

  1. 2019 363.26 tonnes

2020 475.68  tonnes

2021  (first three qtrs.) tonnes



4. The total amount of exported plastic waste broken down by destination country.

 

2019

Tonnes

Country

234.24

Indonesia

10.51

Netherlands

66.6

Belgium

6.49

Germany

45.42

Belgium

2020

Tonnes

Country

19.29

Germany

112.54

Turkey

39.73

Germany

165.79

Turkey

7.95

Slovenia

18.42

Croatia

2.53

Portugal

75.51

Turkey

33.92

Turkey

 

2021

Tonnes

Country

12.58

Europe

0.87

Netherlands

0.29

Italy

0.29

France

0.29

Lithuania

 


5. Does the Council have a strategy to recycle plastic waste in the UK instead of exporting?

NA

 

If you are unsatisfied with the way the Council has handled your request please let us know in the first instance so that an internal review can be carried out. Additionally,  If you have any queries about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

For re-use of information and conditions on the use of personal data  please see

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/information-requests/re-use-council-information

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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Thank you for your request.