Market Snapshot: January 2013

16th January 2017

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

Key points:
Recovered paper and board prices (Table 1) were broadly stable during 2012Q4 and into early 2013
Export demand for recovered paper is supported by expansions in containerboard capacity in China
Recovered glass prices rose by £5-£10 per tonne in December


Recovered paper and board prices were broadly stable during 2012Q4 and into early 2013. Recovered paper prices remain down around 35%-45% compared with the highs achieved in August 2011 but are comparable with pre-recession (mid-2008) levels.

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Recovered prices for clear PET and natural HDPE bottles were stable during the fourth quarter. Oil prices and virgin plastic prices also exhibited reduced price volatility over this period. Meanwhile, coloured PET and mixed colour HDPE prices fell sharply, down up to 40% since October. In contrast mixed polymer prices rose by 30%.

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Recovered glass container prices increased by £5-£10 per tonne in December. Green and mixed cullet prices increased to £23 per tonne and £15 per tonne respectively, the highest prices seen since April 2009 and October 2010 respectively.

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