Plastics News is showing corrections on prices for several recycled resins on this week's resin pricing chart.
Lower prices dating back to early 2022 in some cases are being shown. Although demand is increasing for many recycled grades, supply has been increasing at high levels as well.
Decreases per pound being shown on the chart are:
• PET clear post-consumer pellets down 33 cents.
• PET clear post-consumer flake down 26 cents.
• Low density polyethylene film colored post-consumer pellets down 15 cents.
• LDPE film colored post-consumer flake down 14 cents.
• Linear LDPE stretch film pellets down 15 cents.
• Polypropylene industrial pellets down 43 cents.
• ABS mixed colors industrial pellets down 50 cents.
• PVC clear industrial flake down 21 cents.
• Prices for some recycled high density PE resins are being corrected upward to show higher prices resulting from demand outpacing supply. HDPE natural post-consumer pellets are up 23 cents, while HDPE mixed color post-consumer pellets are up 14 cents.
A recent recycled materials report from consulting firm PetroChem Wire of Houston said that the U.S. exported about 22.5 million pounds of plastic scrap in January. That monthly number is down from almost 29 million pounds in mid-2022.
The report added that Mexico "remains an export destination" for U.S.-generated post-consumer PET waste. That waste includes bottles and takeout containers such as "swirl bowls" for salads and containers for pudding and other desserts.