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 averaged around £166 per tonne over the past 12 months. Prices have recently shown overall improvement, and currently stand at £190 per tonne. 

 

Coloured PET bottle prices averaged around £27 per tonne over the past 12 months. Prices have remained stable at £22.50 per tonne since May 2018. 

 

Natural HDPE bottle prices have averaged around £374 per tonne over the past 12 months. Prices have climbed throughout the year and are currently trading at around £438 per tonne. This is the highest price point seen since July 2015. 

 

Mixed HDPE bottle prices have fluctuated over the past few months and currently stand at £248 per tonne. Mixed polymer bottle prices have also been changeable, and currently stand at £78 per tonne. 

 

LDPE 98:2 film prices began to shown improvement over the past few months and currently stand at £225 per tonne, compared to £315 per tonne during the same period 12 months ago. 

 

Virgin plastic prices

 

Both virgin LDPE and HDPE prices have continued to remain strong at around £1,300 per tonne. Virgin PET prices continued to show improvement in 2018 and are currently trading at £1,286 per tonne. 

 

Plastic PRN prices  

 

Plastic PRN prices remained around £61-£62 per tonne in  June 18. This is almost identical to prices seen during the same period in 2017.  

 

Plastic packaging recycling

 

Total plastic packaging recycled increased to 285kt in 2018Q2 from 248kt in 2017Q2. UK plastic packaging recycling was 95kt, only 1kt more than figures seen in the same quarter in 2017. Exports for recycling were 190kt in 2018Q2, down  64kt on tonnages in 2018Q2. 

 

UK exports of plastic (both packaging and non-packaging) totalled 55kt in June 2018, down 3kt compared with June 2017.