Plastics

Plastics recycling in the UK is carried out on two levels – from the home, and from business and industry.

For our plastics prices indicators, please click on the Plastics Prices Archive link to the left or see below for 2014 prices

On the household front efforts usually focus on the collection of bottles, ranging from milk bottles (HDPE) to soft drinks bottles (PET). According to plastics recycling body Recoup, 440,401 tonnes of plastic was collected for recycling by councils in 2012.

And, more local authorities are now collecting plastic pots, tubs and trays (PTT) for recycling.

In the industrial and commercial sector, off-cuts are recycled from plastics factories and the manufacturing sector while plastic film used to wrap goods is usually collected, baled and sent for reprocessing.

Plastics recycling in the UK is strongly dependent on the export market, with demand for material coming from the Far East.

In early 2013 the Chinese authorities launched 'Operation Green Fence' in a bid to reduce the amount of contaminated waste material being exported into the country. As a result, importers into the region have demanded a higher quality of material for processing.

There has been increased investment in recent years by UK plastic recycling companies such as J&A Young of Leicester, Closed Loop Recycling London, and ECO Plastics in Lincolnshire.

Notes:

1. Price indicators shown are ex works and £ per tonne and are not guaranteed. They are compiled by letsrecycle.com.

2. PRNs and PERNs: the indicator price show for films and bottles is deemed to include the PRN or PERN value. Prices shown are ex works and £ per tonne.

  • Plastic film 2014

    Plastic film price indicators are on an ex works basis, usually baled, and shown as £ per tonne. Prices are not guaranteed and are produced as an indication of market prices.

    PLASTIC FILM PRICES 2014 £ per tonne

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    UK PE Printed 230 - 245 225 - 240 225 - 240
    UK PP Printed 95 - 125 90 - 125 95 - 125
    UK Clear - Natural 370 - 390 380 - 400 380 - 400
    Export 80:20 20 - 35 30 - 50 30 - 40
    Export 90:10 85 - 100 90 - 100 80 - 90
    Export 95:5 165 - 175 190 - 200 180 - 190
    Export 98:2 280 - 300 290 - 310 280 - 300
    Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    UK PE Printed
    UK PP Printed
    UK Clear - Natural
    Export 80:20
    Export 90:10
    Export 95:5
    Export 98:2

    PLASTIC FILM PRICES 2014 £ per tonne

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    Plastic bottles 2014

    Plastic bottle prices 2014 £ per tonne

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    Clear and light blue PET 195 - 235 195 - 235 195 - 230
    Coloured PET 30 - 50 30 - 50 30 - 50
    HDPE natural 325 - 350 330 - 360 330 - 360
    HDPE mixed colour 130 - 145 140 - 150 140 - 150
    Mixed 40 - 100 40 - 100 40 - 100
    Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Clear and light blue PET
    Coloured PET
    HDPE natural
    HDPE mixed colour
    Mixed

    Plastic bottle prices 2014 £ per tonne

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    Other plastics prices 2012

    Other Plastics prices 2012 £ per tonne

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    Wheeled bins
    PVC windows
    Pots and trays -20 - 0
    Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Wheeled bins
    PVC windows
    Pots and trays -20 - 0 -20 - 0 -20 - 0 -20 - 0 -20 - 0 -20 - 0

    Other Plastics prices 2012 £ per tonne

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