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HDPE 'natural' vs mixed colors scrap bale spread widens to record

HOUSTON, July 23, 2018 (PCW) – The price spread between HDPE curbside natural bales and curbside mixed colors bales widened to a record last week as demand has surged this year for recycled natural HDPE units for use in food-grade jugs, bottles, other containers and packaging.

Natural bales were done last week at 44-45 cpp FOB locations east of the Rockies, while frac-melt mixed colors curbside bales were done mostly at 16 cpp, FOB same locations. This is the widest spread between the two scrap commodities in US markets east of the Rockies seen on record, according to an industry veteran with a major recycling operation.

PCW’s data from two years ago shows the spread at a 20 cpp premium for natural, while last week’s premium was 28.5 cpp. -- Xavier A. Cronin

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