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Asian Recycled Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Price Assessment

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

What are Asian Recycled Low-Density Polyethylene price assessments?

Platts recycled low-density polyethylene assessment covers the following market in Southeast Asia:

— Recycled LDPE Natural Film Pellets FOB Southeast Asia

The above markets are assessed on a daily basis in $/mt for spot material loading 15-30 days forward from the day of publication from the following ports:

• Port Klang, Malaysia
• Bangkok, Thailand
• Jakarta, Indonesia
• Singapore
• Batangas, Philippines
• Cat Lai, Vietnam

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 (4:30 pm Singapore Time).

How does Platts assess Recycled Low-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 (4:30 PM Singapore time).

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.

Asian Recycled LDPE Weekly Commentary

  • Licenses to import scrap difficult to obtain
  • Gains in recycled film capped by virgin prices


Asian recycled low density polyethylene prices moved higher Jan. 19 due to tight supply.


The lack of availability of scrap due to high freight rates and low recycling rates continued to be a problem. Recycling companies with a poor cash positions found it hard to apply for licenses, as that requires high-end recycling infrastructure. Licenses to import scrap were also difficult to obtain, resulting in thin recycling efforts, market sources said.

Recycled PE film demand was sporadic and replaceable with virgin grades, as the use of recycled films in Asia was not mandated and was only competitive when virgin prices were high, traders said.

Market sources said the gains in the recycled market would be capped as buyers were not willing to pay more than virgin grade PE market prices. Buyers for lower-value applications such as garbage bags, construction materials and other non-food usage remained price sensitive, traders said.

Export rules, such as those that have slashed all mixed waste plastic scrap from Australia since July 2021, will tighten further in July 2022 to allow the export of only processed waste, further lowering scrap imports in Asia, sources said.

Southeast Asia mainly imports recycled scrap from the US, Australia and Japan, but recent freight issues and country-specific waste export bans have made it difficult for Southeast Asian recyclers to obtain fresh scrap, sources said.

Asian Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

Asian recycled low density polyethylene clear film pellets were assessed up $10/mt from the previous session at $1,030/mt FOB Southeast Asia Jan. 21 amid tight supply.


Some discussions were heard above $1,100/mt FOB SE Asia but could not be confirmed.

This rationale applies to symbol < ARNFA00>

Daily prices can be found on <PCA709>


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