Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend and Forecast

R-HDPE Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE)) in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).


Recycled High-Density Polyethylene Price Trend for the Q1 of 2024

Product Category Region Price Time Period
Recycled High-Density Polyethylene Chemicals USA 1812 USD/MT March 2024
Recycled High-Density Polyethylene Chemicals Europe 1123 USD/MT March 2024

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In China, the recycled high-density polyethylene prices remained stable during the Lunar New Year holiday period. Throughout the quarter, the recycled high-density polyethylene showcased robust demand despite holiday-related closures. The stability in China's prices was attributed to subdued demand and increased ocean freight charges, compounded by limited container availability, affecting export operations.

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Additionally, the traders also noticed that during the holiday season in the region, the production plants lowered their production capacity by several folds, depleting the inventory levels. The market also noticed that the resumption of market activities after the holiday season was slow as compared to the demand for recycled high-density polyethylene. While the domestic market struggled with maintaining its inventory levels, the overseas exports reduced their Asian shipments amid soaring freight charges and transportation costs during Q1 of 2024.


In Europe, the plastics recycling sector encountered challenging trading conditions for recycled-content polyethylene during the early months of Q1 of 2024, influenced by ongoing bearish macroeconomic factors. The downstream market also projected a weak demand for recycled high-density polyethylene. However, there's some optimism in the recycled-content high-density polyethylene market, particularly from the packaging-grade material sector.

However, the recycled high-density polyethylene faced pressure from low virgin resin prices, impacting nonpackaging grades. Additionally, the regulatory changes, including the EU's Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation with mandatory recycled content targets set for plastic packaging by 2030, were also looming over the recycled high-density polyethylene price trend.

North America

The first quarter of 2024 continued to project an upward trend in the price trend of recycled high-density polyethylene in North America. Among the downstream industries, the recycled high-density polyethylene beverage bottles and jars witnessed a significant increase in average price compared to the previous quarters.

However, the trading disruption persisted throughout the quarter in the US market, intensified by the low level of water in the Panama Canal, the re-routing of maritime routes, and the escalating cost of transportation, particularly to European and Asian countries. On the other hand, the price surge in recycled high-density polyethylene was supported by the rise in the cost of feedstock materials and the optimistic scenario of domestic downstream industries.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Recycled High-Density Polyethylene is expected to move northwards with the revamped production volumes in Asian countries and the formulation of government policies supporting the usage of recycled high-density polyethylene.

Recycled High-Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend for the October - December of 2023


The Recycled High Density Polyethylene or R-HDPE market experienced wavering trend during the final quarter of the year 2023. Since R-HDPE is synthesized by recycling the existing High Density Polyethylene plastics that are no longer in use, the supplies are usually the struggling factor in the R-HDPE market dynamics.

The market trend for Recycled High Density Polyethylene were primarily dictated by the demand patterns of the consumer downstream industries. During the said period of Q4’23, the market demands were very regular, although dwindling towards the lower side. Further, the lack of consumer interest was also reflected in the Recycled High-Density Polyethylene market trend in the Asian region.


The European Recycled High-Density Polyethylene market’s run in the fourth quarter was not much different from the Asian R-HDPE market. The impending holiday season in the latter part of the quarter called for a decline in the industrial demands of packaging plastics, causing the R-HDPE prices to witness fluctuating trend at the lower end of the curve during Q4’23.

North America

The North American Recycled High-Density Polyethylene market readily mimicked the tepidness in the global R-HDPE market. With both domestic and international trades struggling for the region, the prices were observed to be dwelling low during the said duration.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Recycled High-Density Polyethylene price trend are not expected to rebound as the consumption patterns will take time to improve.

Recycled High-Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend for the July - September of 2023


The Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) price trend in Asia fluctuated mostly at the lower end of the price curve during the given period of Q3’23. The primary reason behind this sluggishness in R-HDPE market behavior was the dull interest from the end consumers.

Since the pandemic times raised general food awareness in people and promoted the homemade food culture, those habits sustained even after the restrictions were revoked, especially in China, where the impact of the lockdowns was most severe and longest.

This led to a sudden dip in plastic based Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) container demands during those times. And even after that, the recovery in consumption has been terribly slow. The supply influx is overpowering the market demands to large extents, and thus, the R-HDPE price graph has been registering low numbers consistently. Overall, bearish market trend were observed.


The European Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) market exhibited similar falling trend to the Asian r-HDPE markets. The market here could not recover from the economic depression that unfolded as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Since the demands persisted to flutter on the lower side, the Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) price graph could not pick up anytime during the third quarter of the year 2023.

North America

The American market trend for Recycled-high Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) were no different from the global trend as the prices were kept on the lower side here too. The widened gap between R-HDPE supply and demand dynamics will take some time to fill up. So, the general market outlook was experienced to be dull here as well.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) market is not likely to recover anytime soon; the prices are expected to waver in a similar manner in the coming months as well.

Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


The recycled-HDPE market showcased a mixed trend in the Asia Pacific market in the first two quarters of 2023. The prices initially inclined, given the active hoarding sentiment of buyers due to the approaching holiday season. However, the market sentiments were highly affected by the uncertain costs of crude oil and the weak appetite of the packaging and related downstream industries. The strong supply in the region led to the rise in inventory levels, further depleting the recycled-HDPE price trend.


The weak demand and problem of oversupply shadowed the recycled-HDPE market in the European region. The decline in the prices was also a direct implication of low consumption from packaging industries, and the reluctance of buyers led to the stockpiling of products in the region, thus negatively impacting the price trend of recycled HDPE.

North America

In the first quarter, the price trend of recycled HDPE inclined as it gained support from the packaging, textile, and pipe industries. The persistence in demand, along with the support from the domestic and international markets with the hike in support from feedstock prices, aided the rising price trend. However, the market turned bearish in the second quarter, given the falling demand from the construction sector. Further, the hiked interest rates and rising speculations of a global recession aggravated the situation.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend for Recycled High-density polyethylene are likely to turn positive in the upcoming months. As the downstream demand rebounds, the improving dynamics will impact the pricing fundamentals.

Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

Asia Pacific

The price trend for recycled-high density polyethylene (rHDPE) fluctuated throughout the Asia-Pacific region in the given period. In the third quarter, the growth was majorly seen in the Indian region and was attributed to the increase in demand from the downstream plastics, furniture, and stationary manufacturing units. China saw a dip in the prices in the same quarter as the uncertainties in the power supply increased.

The crude oil market was on the negative side too and thus led to a decline in the prices of the product. The fourth quarter was, however, favourable for China as the prices surged. The incline was due to the increased demand from the downstream industry. The production activities were, however, hampered because of the restriction imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The European market saw a steep decline in prices as the demand for this commodity plunged. As a result, market stockpiles grew relative to the level of product demand. There has been a substantial impact on the buying and selling sentiments by the ongoing economic crises brought on by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

The packaging sector was much more inclined towards the use of first-hand HDPE over recycled ones, which further contributed to the decline of the rHDPE prices. The third and fourth quarters also saw a lowering in utility costs and logistical difficulties.

North America

The North American market kept on fluctuating in terms of recycled HDPE prices. The prices decreased till October but gained momentum from November onwards. The major cause behind this incline is the increase in demand from the downstream industries and the decrease in the interest of buyers in pure high-density polyethene. The production units also saw a surge as the manufacturers started producing more goods to meet the demand of the market.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the prices of Recycled- High-Density Polyethylene are likely to decrease during the coming month given the low demand and ongoing financial crisis negatively impacting the buyers’ confidence.

Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) Price Trend For the First Half of 2022


After the Lunar New Year celebrations, the market resumed activity and the demand for recycled HDPE rose consistently. Coupled with the soaring oil and feedstock prices the prices of recycled HDPE soared throughout the Asian arena. The price of recycled HDPE averaged 1326.95 USD/MT in the Indian domestic market. With the re-emergence of covid-19 cases, the government proposed the zero-tolerance ban which further restricted the supply chains which were already congested owing to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The petrochemical industry suffered, and the prices of feedstock HDPE fluctuated. However, the robust demand from the downstream packaging, automobile and textile industries kept the price trend for recycled HDPE afloat in the Asian market. In India, the price of recycled HDPE averaged 104600 INR /MT during the end of the said quarter.


The price of recycled HDPE kept strong across Europe throughout the said period. The soaring oil prices and high-cost inflation amid the booming demand from the packaging sector caused the prices to rise averaging 2145 USD/MT.

North America

During the first quarter, the price of recycled HDPE did not increase uncontrollably despite the surging feedstock and transportation costs. The market uncertainty and lack of skilled labour kept the prices of recycled HDPE in check. However, the prices began to rise with the rise of demand from the downstream sectors as the upstream costs relaxed slightly. Hence, the supply-demand dynamics caused a healthy rise in the price trend of recycled HDPE averaging 2400 USD/MT.

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About R-HDPE

The linear versions of polyethylene (PE) are known as Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE). When this plastic-type is recycled, it is referred to as Recycled HDPE. HDPE is the most common plastic-type that is recycled on a large scale globally. This plastic is the easiest polymer to recycle owing to its unique properties, and thus, it is accepted at most of the recycling centres globally.

The Recycled HDPEs carry the universal symbol of number “2” in the recycling triangle and can be differentiated with its help. Due to its cost effective and environmental friendly nature, Recycled HDPE is increasingly being adopted over virgin HDPE in various industries.

R-HDPE Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Recycled High-density Polyethylene (R-HDPE)
Industrial Uses Bottles and containers, Tupperware products, Packaging materials, Construction pipe, Ropes, Household goods (Plastic-based), Food packaging, Shampoo bottles, Etc.
Supplier Database Veolia Environnement S.A, Envision Plastics Industries LLC, Clean Tech Incorporated, KW Plastics Recycling Division, Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc, HAHN Plastics Ltd, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V, SUEZ SA
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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R-HDPE Production Process

  • Production of Recycled HDPE from Waste HDPE Films

In order to produce Recycled-High Density Polyethylene (R-HDPE) from waste HDPE films, the collected materials are first sorted and cleaned. Then, HDPE film recycling machinery crushes these plastic sheets into small pieces. The obtained material is finally melted and converted into pellets, which can be further transformed into a variety of products.


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