On behalf of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Resource Futures conducted a detailed review of global recycled plastics markets. This included evaluating trends, challenges, key issues and policy interventions.

Read the report: Improving Markets for Recycled Plastics: Trends, Prospects and Policy Responses


  • Assess trends and factors affecting global trade in recycled plastics
  • Identify barriers to effectively functioning recycled plastics markets
  • Identify and evaluate potential policies for improving recycled plastic markets


Resource Futures conducted an extensive, desk-based review of recycled plastic markets. The study comprised a review of data available from a wide range of available publicly and proprietary sources, and information provided by OECD member governments. A ‘policy mapping’ approach was used to identify and evaluate potential policies for improving recycled plastics markets.


The study provided a detailed, evidence-based assessment of recycled plastics markets and the barriers that prevent them functioning properly. The study also identified appropriate policies for improving markets and serves as a key reference for OECD member governments on this issue. The full report can be found on the OECD website.


Services involved

Policy appraisal

International development

Team involved

David Lerpiniere
Head of Waste, Resources & Development

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