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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

  • Prices stable to lower despite tight supply
  • Virgin prices fall $77/mt on week


The US recycled high-density polyethylene markets saw mixed price movements throughout the day, with the natural markets remaining unchanged Jan. 12 while mixed-color feedstocks saw a slight decrease.


S&P Global Platts assessed natural HDPE bales for downstream blowmolding applications unchanged on the day at 60 cents/lb Jan. 12, based on pricing indications received at that value throughout the day.

Downstream natural R-HDPE pellets were also flat on the day at 127 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid a pricing indication received at 127 cents/lb.

Meanwhile in the mixed-color market, post-consumer HDPE bales were assessed down one cent on the day at 26 cents/lb, a somewhat conservative move based on market talk of pricing between 25-27 cents/lb and a pricing indication received at 25 cents/lb.

"Supply is still tight despite some decreased bale pricing recently, while demand for repro remains strong," said one source.

Another source added that widespread labor shortages on the back of an increase in COVID-19 cases were impacting especially being felt at wash lines and trucking companies.

In the virgin resin market, US HDPE blowmolding prices were assessed $77 lower on the week at $1,334 -$1,356/mt (60.5-61.5 cents/lb) on an FAS Houston basis, amid talk of railcar pricing at 58 cents/lb.

US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

S&P Global Platts assessed natural HDPE bales for downstream blowmolding applications unchanged on the day at 60 cents/lb Jan. 14, based on pricing indications received at that value throughout the day.


Downstream natural R-HDPE pellets were also flat on the day at 127 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid a pricing indication received at 127 cents/lb.

In the mixed-color market, post-consumer HDPE bales were assessed flat on the day at 26 cents/lb, based on recent market talk of pricing at 25-27 cents/lb.

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


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