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Recycled resin prices firm. (Your Business Recycle Pricing).

* Recycled plastics prices are firm but fairly steady, supported by the upward trend of virgin prices. The unsettled state of the economy apparently hasn't upset demand for recycled resins. Recyclers generally have little inventory on hand. Recycled polystyrene markets appear to be particularly strong, while those for PET and HDPE seem to have leveled out.

R-HDPE supplies 'skimpy'

Recycled HDPE prices are up 1Cents to 2Cents/lb for natural post-consumer pellets and mixed colors. While supply should beat its peak in the summer, when water and laundry-detergent bottles are at their highest consumption levels, some processors say supplies are a bit "skimpy" and recyclers say they are selling all they can process. However, there are signs that the peak may have been reached in July, and some sources say demand flattened out in August and will probably stay level in the short term.

R-PS demand strong

Recycled polystyrene prices climbed 3Cents to 4Cents/lb this quarter. Spring is generally strong for R-PS when the horticultural market is at its peak. Even though that market slows down by summer, demand appears to be holding up. One recycler says pre-Christmas items like CD holders are going strong and driving demand and prices up.

R-PET holding even

Recycled PET prices saw no major change in the last quarter. Clear post-consumer pellets have gone up and down a penny, while clear and green flake saw increases of as much as 4Cents/lb. But bale prices seem to be flat in the 7- 9[Cents]/lb range (California tabs are on the high end).

One reprocessor expects prices to remain firm: "Our suppliers assume virgin resin is going up, and they expect to get more for their materials, too."

"New opportunities in bottle-to-bottle recycling applications are exciting," says another industry source. "So there is the potential for a tighter market, though we haven't seen it yet."


Recycled polypropylene and PVC prices have remained relatively stable during the past quarter, although rigid PVC pellets went up 4Cents/1b. Recyclers say demand is strong for both materials, and they expect business to continue to pick up as virgin prices keep rising.

 Pellets Flake
 Cents/lb Cents/lb

PET Bottles (Clean)
Clear Post-Consumer 46-52 34-38
Green Post-Consumer 39-43 25-32

HDPE (Clean)
Natural Post-Consumer 30-35 22-23
Mixed Colors 24-28 17-19

 High Impact
 Black 30-33 24-26
 Natural 36-38 --
 General Purpose
 Black 24-26 8-10
 Natural 30-32 20-22

Post-Industrial 19-21 15-17
Post-Consumer 21-23 --

Polyethylene Film
 Stretch 28 --
 Printed/Mixed 13 --
 Printed 20 --
 Not Printed 24 --

 Flexible 32-40 --
 Rigid 50-66 --
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Comment:Recycled resin prices firm. (Your Business Recycle Pricing).
Author:Block, Debbie Galante
Publication:Plastics Technology
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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