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Price Assessment

Platts US Recycled PET Assessments

  • What are US Recycled PET price assessments?
  • How we assess US Recycled PET prices
  • Platts US Recycled PET Weekly Commentary
  • Platts US Recycled PET Daily Rationale

What are US Recycled PET price assessments?

Platts recycled polyethylene terephthalate assessments cover the following markets in the Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States:

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB LA Premium-grade

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB LA Curbside

• Post-consumer PET bottle bales: FOB Chicago Curbside

The above markets are assessed on a daily basis in cents/lb for spot material loading 0-7 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 we assess US Recycled PET 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 provides insight into what the market expects over the coming weeks.

Platts US Recycled PET Weekly Commentary

  • PET prices see boost with Asia
  • Post-consumer bottle bale prices stable


US PET prices moved slightly higer Wednesday amid thin domestic trading and stronger Asian markets.


Import PET was assessed at $867/mt, or about 39.30 cents/lb, up $10/mt from the previous week. Spot prices in Asia were also $10/mt higher, based on stronger export activity.

As more bottle-grade PET was heard exported to the US, the movment has put some pressure on post-consumer bottle bales in the recycled polymers market.

Prices were steady this week, at 17 cents/lb in Los Angeles for premium-grade material, and 8 cents/lb for material collected curbside this week. However, sources have said that cheap virgin PET material may be displacing recycyled material, as some end-users were heard to be locking in contracts for virgin material.

Platts US Recycled PET Daily Rationale

Spot post-consumer bottle bale prices for both premium-grade and curbside material in the Los Angeles area were assessed at 17 cents/lb and 8 cents/lb, respectively, unchanged, based on last-received market indications.


Chicago post-consumer bales, sourced from curbside collection, were assessed at 8 cents/lb, also unchanged, based on most-recent market indications.

This rationale applies to symbols <APCLA00>, <APCLB00> and <APCCH00>.


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