Plastic

Introduction

This section of the data portal provides a summary of developments in the UK’s recovered plastics market.  The data presented here comes from respected, publicly available and regularly updated sources on the internet.  By following the link(s) above the graphics you can find out more details on the source of the data and visit the sites to access the full data.

The current highlights and trends are:

Recovered plastic prices

Clear PET bottle prices have seen good growth over the past 6 months. Prices currently stand at £222.50 per tonne compared to £177.50 per tonne in February 2019. 

Coloured PET bottle prices have also seen strong growth this year, currently reaching £50 per tonne. This is the highest price seen since November 2016. 

Natural HDPE bottle prices have seen strong gains over the past few months and recently reached £490 per tonne. This is the highest price point seen since WRAP began monitoring prices in April 2004.

Mixed HDPE bottle prices have also performed well in recent months and recently reached £385 per tonne, the highest price recorded by the MPR. 

Mixed polymer bottle prices have seen good overall growth and currently stand at £115 per tonne, the highest price seen since August 2017. 

LDPE 98:2 film prices  have increased consistently this year, reaching £275 per tonne in July 19, the highest price point seen since September 2017.    

 

Virgin plastic prices

Both virgin LDPE and HDPE prices have fluctuated over the past 6 months.  The average price so far this year for Virgin HDPE is £1220 per tonne and the average for LDPE is £1193 per tonne. 

Virgin PET prices have also been changeable, averaging at £1084 per tonne so far during 2019. 

 

Plastic packaging recycling

Total plastic packaging recycled reached 280kt in 2019 Q2. This is 36kt more than the previous quarter but 5kt less than the same period in 2018.

 

UK exports of plastic (both packaging and non-packaging) totalled 45kt in May 2019, down from 57kt twelve months earlier.