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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

  • Feedstocks see 3-4 cent declines on day
  • Demand remains strong in long term


The US recycled high-density polyethylene prices saw significant declines on the day Oct. 13, as many buyers take a wait-and-see approach amid uncertain market sentiment.


S&P Global Platts assessed natural post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market down four cents on the day at 110 cents/lb, the lowest price seen since mid-July when prices hovered around 109 cents/lb. Lower pricing came on the back of indications received at value and offers heard in a wide range of 100-110 cents/lb.

Meanwhile, mixed-color HDPE post-consumer bales fell three cents on the day at 60 cents/lb, also slumping to the lowest level seen since July.

Sources attributed the decline in feedstock pricing to a temporary pause in buy activity. Multiple reclaimers said they are hesitant to place purchase orders ahead of an uncertain price outlook for November, adding that many municipalities still face limited trucking availability and labor shortages.

Additionally, some processing facilities are undergoing year-end maintenance turnarounds to prepare for the new year, added a source.

Downward price pressure, however, is expected to be short-lived as demand for material remains healthy in the long term.

"I believe demand is still strong, but this concerted effort is creating a short-term challenge to order flow," said a source referring to reclaimer efforts to keep prices stable to lower.

In the downstream market, natural blowmolding R-HDPE pellets fell two cents on the day to be assessed at 169 cents/lb, following a price decrease in the feedstock bale market.

In the virgin market, HDPE blowmolding was assessed at $1,720-$1,742/mt (78-79 cents/lb) Oct. 13, 50 points higher week on week with talk of railcar pricing talked in the 75-76 cents/lb range amid tight supply.

US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

Natural post-consumer HDPE bale prices in the Midwest spot market were assessed stable on the day Oct. 15 at 110 cents/lb, based on a recent pricing indication received at the assessed value.


In the mixed-color market, post-consumer HDPE bales were assessed unchanged at 60 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid the most recent indication received at 60 cents/lb for picked-up material.

Downstream, natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications also saw unchanged pricing on the day at 169 cents/lb, maintaining stability amid market talk of pricing at 170 cents/lb.

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


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