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Published: 10/1/2008

Your Business Recycle Pricing - October 2008
Lower crude oil prices in recent weeks were expected to lead to lower virgin resin prices, which should bring down prices of recycled resins as well. But all bets are off until the damage from Hurricane Ike can be assessed.

Published: 7/1/2008

Still a Bargain
These days, everyone is talking about being “green.” That spurs recycling activity, which should mean more availability of recycled material and lower prices. But the other side of the coin is growing demand for reclaimed plastics.

Published: 12/1/2007

Your Business Recycle Pricing - December 2007
Recycled products are in hot demand as virgin resin prices continue to escalate. As a result, recycled PS prices have gone up 3¢ to 8¢ over the past year, and recycled PVC in some markets has risen up to 10¢/lb. Still, recycled material remains more...

Published: 3/1/2007

Clean and Upgrade Recycled PET
Two recently developed technologies are said to make high-quality PET recycling more economical.

Published: 9/1/2006

Recycled Materials Face Market Glut
In recent months, virgin resin markets began to slacken in tandem with slower housing starts and automobile sales. While recycled resin markets were not affected immediately, they are now starting to feel the slowdown, at least in PET and HDPE.

Published: 7/1/2006

Recycled Resin Prices Heading for a Turnaround
After a spring of soft prices, signs point to firming and possible increases ahead. Housing starts are down, but automotive manufacturing seems to be holding its own. Both markets are big users of recycled plastics. Stronger prices for virgin resins...

Published: 3/1/2006

Recycled Prices Soften
Virgin resin prices started to soften at the end of 2005, and recycled resin prices have followed suit. Most reprocessors believe the big price hikes of the last couple of years have probably ended, but prices still are likely to rebound by April, s...

Published: 5/1/2004

Recycled PET/PE Alloys Show Promise In Monofilament, Pallets, Pipe
Alloys of polyethylene and recycled PET were the highlight of the annual SPE Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC) in Detroit in February.

Published: 5/1/2001

Commingled Plastic Waste: New Gold Mine for Automotive Processors
Instead of going to landfills, previously unusable mixed waste like auto shredder residue is yielding a new trove of inexpensive engineering resins for car parts. Sortation technologies derived from the mining industry can pull out usable ABS, PC, a...