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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 pellets fall 8 cents on day
  • Bale supply "moving slow": sources


The US recycled high-density polyethylene markets saw 3-8 cents/lb decreases on the day Dec. 1 despite continued demand strength for recycled materials.


Mixed-color post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market fell three cents on the day to be assessed at 42 cents/lb, based on market talk of pricing at that level. Prices have fallen over 34% since hitting a Platts high of 64 cents/lb in early September.

Prices for natural post-consumer bales in the same market saw a day-on-day decrease of five cents/lb on the day at 75 cents/lb, a conservative move based on pricing talked at or below that value for December loading.

Downstream, natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications saw the greatest daily decline, falling eight cents/lb on the day to be assessed at 130 cents/lb, based on market talk of material sold at that level.

Prices for natural bales and pellets have fallen 37% and 26%, respectively, since late August.

Sources noted expectations of further downward price pressure in the coming weeks as "HDPE supply is really backed up and moving slow."

However, even as the post-consumer HDPE markets continue to soften, participants said falling prices were not caused by a lack of demand, but rather trends in the virgin HDPE markets.

"Those not needing PCR (post-consumer resin) are heavily driving prices downward as they compare against virgin," said a Midwest recycler. "There’s still a strong demand so supply is likely to shift to those needing or committed to PCR."

US HDPE blowmolding was assessed unchanged on the week at $1,587-$1,609/mt (72-73 cents/lb) FAS Houston basis, flat on the week, based on last talked railcar price levels talked at 69 cents/lb and higher on the week.

Prices for prime HDPE resin have fallen approximately 11% since August 2021.

US Recycled HDPE Daily Rationale

S&P Global Platts assessed natural post-consumer HDPE bales in the Midwest spot market unchanged on the day Dec. 7 at 72 cents/lb, based on a recent pricing indication received at value.


Prices for mixed-color HDPE bales were assessed also flat on the day at 40 cents/lb, based on a previous pricing indication received at 40 cents/lb.

Natural recycled HDPE pellets for blowmolding applications held steady on the day, assessed at 130 cents/lb, maintaining market structure amid no fresh indications received throughout the day.

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


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