As the year comes to a close, the price of natural high-density polyethylene bales notched another record. Color HDPE also continues to climb.
The national average price of natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bales is now 63.75 cents per pound, compared with 62.97 cents last month and 59.34 cents one year ago. This month’s pricing represents yet another all-time high.
The national average price of color HDPE is up again. This grade is now trading at 17.06 cents per pound, up from 16.41 cents last month. Some regions are still paying around 20 cents a pound.
The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up marginally again this month. The price is currently at 6.55 cents per pound, compared to 6.30 cents per pound this time last month. This compares with 10.32 cents per pound one year ago.
The national average price of polypropylene materials moved up again and is now at 7.00 cents per pound, compared with 5.47 cents last month and 7.06 cents one year ago.
The national average price of Grade A film is up another 6%. It is now at 9.44 cents, compared to 8.88 cents per pound last month. This also surpasses the 8.69 cents per pound this time last year.
Grade B film remains at 3.56 cents per pound, and Grade C film is unchanged at 0.81 cents.
These prices are as reported on the Secondary Materials Pricing (SMP) Index. This pricing represents what is being paid for post-consumer recyclable materials in a sorted, baled format, picked up at most major recycling centers.