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US Recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Assessments

  • What are Platts US Recycled High-Density Polyethylene price assessments?
  • How does Platts assess Recycled High-Density Polyethylene prices?
  • US Recycled HDPE Weekly Commentary
  • US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

What are Platts US Recycled High-Density Polyethylene price assessments?

Platts recycled high-density polyethylene assessments cover the following markets in the Midwest region of the United States:

— Post-consumer Mixed-Color HDPE Bales FOB Chicago

— Post-consumer Natural Bales FOB Chicago

— Recycled HDPE Natural Pellets FOB Chicago

The above markets are assessed on a daily basis in cents/lb for spot material loading 1-30 days forward from the day of publication.

The daily assessments are also converted to $/mt.

Platts assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor up to the close of business (4:00 pm Central Standard Time).

How does Platts assess Recycled High-Density Polyethylene prices?

Platts assessments are based on market information, including, but not limited to, firm bids and offers, and trades reported to the editor up to the close of business (4:00 PM CST).

All the information used to inform the assessment is published transparently on S&P Global Platts platforms as "heards". An assessment rationale is published explaining what the assessments are and how they have been reached.

A weekly market commentary accompanies the price assessments and rationale, which highlights the most important trends that have affected the markets that week and provide insight into what the market expects over the coming weeks.

US Recycled HDPE Weekly Commentary

  • Natural feedstocks fall one cent
  • Supply talked snug


The US recycled high-density polyethylene markets were seen stable to lower on the day Sept. 22, as sentiment turns slightly bearish for October pricing.


Natural post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market were assessed down one cent on the day Sept. 22 at 114 cents/lb, based on pricing indications received in a range of 113-115 throughout the day.

Even if pricing for natural R-HDPE feedstocks continues to see downward pressure, prices remain well above the year-ago level of 55 cents/lb for the national average, according to Resource Recycling.

Downstream, natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications remained unchanged on the day at 169 cents/lb, amid no new indications of value received before market close.

In the mixed-color market, post-consumer HDPE bales were also seen unchanged on the day and on the week at 63 cents/lb, assessed at the higher end of pricing talked in a range of 61-63 cents/lb.

Though long-term demand for recycled HDPE and its feedstock remains strong, and even much higher than anticipated supply availability, sources expect prices to dip slightly in the near future despite talk of snug supply.

"[Supply] is acutely in shortage at the moment, but I was told perhaps a few cents lower in October," said a recycler.

Prime HDPE blowmolding was stable on the week at $1,797/mt (81.5 cents/lb), unchanged for five consecutive weeks, according to S&P Global Platts. Prices for injection and film are expected to fall in October.

US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

Midwest spot natural post-consumer HDPE bale prices were assessed flat day on day Sept. 24 at 114 cents/lb, based on last known pricing indications.


Post-consumer HDPE bales in the mixed-color post-consumer bale market were assessed stable day on day Sept. 24 at 63 cents/lb amid market talk of a range of 61-63 cents/lb.

Downstream, natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications were assessed unchanged as well at 169 cents/lb, amid no new indications received before market close.

This rationale applies to symbol(s) <ARNPC04> <ARNPE04 > <ARNPA04>.


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