HDPE bottle price falls back, paper volatile, and copper drops again


There was a mixed picture in the recycling marketplace last week.

After huge recent gains, there was resistance in the trade of HDPE bottles that saw it fall back by £15 per tonne.


Despite this, HDPE bottles remain £55 higher than they were on 15 May.

Otherwise, most key plastic grades were stable, but HDPE Regrind and PP grades both picked up.

Looking at paper, the market here is volatile at the moment, picking up one week and dropping the next. Last week saw a fall of £2 in OCC after rising by £7 per tonne the week before.

Overall, different companies seem to be taking over the driving of the market, and this is reflected in the volatility.

There remains focus on mixed paper, which increased by £2 per tonne, while news & pam went up by £3.

Looking at metals, copper lost another £75 per tonne, while aluminium increased by £25 per tonne.

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