In February, most standard recyclate prices in Western Europe remained at January’s levels. Only recycled polypropylene copolymer saw a slight increase, while rLDPE natural film grades and rHDPE blow-moulding grades experienced a small drop. Recyclers generally rejected demands for price reductions. In view of the higher costs, they had to accept further margin losses without making concessions.

At least with rPE, further trouble is imminent. Apparently, February’s recyclate prices only took a short breather, and the ongoing downward trend for rPE is likely to have continued in March. For rPP and rPET, however, slight increases are possibilities.