Market Snapshot: April 2019

16th April 2019

WRAP's Market Snapshot provides an overview of recent developments in recovered material markets and is updated on a regular basis.

Key points:
Natural HDPE bottle prices have increased by almost 30% over the past year to £470 per tonne while mixed HDPE bottle prices are up almost 50% to £345 per tonne
The amount of recovered plastic exported by the UK during Jan-Feb 2019 was down 35% compared with year earlier levels
Recovered aluminium can prices dropped by sharply during Q1 2019 to £830 per tonne. The decline a delayed response to the decline in virgin aluminium prices since mid-2018