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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 supply generation heard shrinking
  • Softening virgin prices creating downward pressure


The US recycled high-density polyethylene markets were seen stable on the day Nov. 24, as sources noted expectations of continued downward price trends despite strong demand.


S&P Global Platts assessed natural post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market stable on the day at 80 cents/lb, above offers heard in the high 70s cents/lb range and purchase prices talked closer to 80 cents/lb.

Downstream recycled natural HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications were also seen flat on the day at 138 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid a lack of fresh indications received.

Sources said supply of natural HDPE material, commonly used in milk jugs, was becoming increasingly difficult to secure nationwide as consumers switch to non-plastic milk cartons.

Despite shrinking supply availability, post-consumer HDPE prices are expected to continue facing downward price pressure amid softening virgin markets.

"There is more than ample demand," said a Midwest recycler. "But with virgin prices dropping, there is a concerted effort to prevent such wide differentials."

HDPE blow molding was assessed $66 lower at $1,587-$1,609/mt FAS Houston (72-73 cents/lb) Nov. 24. Rail car pricing for HDPE blow molding was talked at 69 cents/lb and up for the period.

Supply availability of prime resin is seen increasing with new capacity startups in Q4 2021 and 1H 2022, which market participants expect to extend the gradual retreat in prices from record highs.

The subsequent downward trend in recycled HDPE pricing is expected to continue until early spring when seasonal demand from the agricultural and construction sectors picks up again.

US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

S&P Global Platts assessed natural post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market stable on the day at 80 cents/lb Nov. 30, above previous offers heard in the high 70s cents/lb range and purchase prices discussed closer to 80 cents/lb.


Prices for mixed-color HDPE bales were assessed unchanged on the day at 45 cents/lb based on previous pricing indications received at that value.

Natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications were also stable on the day at 138 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid a lack of fresh indications received throughout the day.

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


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