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Tough times for PET recyclers in Germany


Post-consumer bottle prices need to be
cut more substantially, most recyclers complain
08.08.2019 − 

PET recyclers in Germany are under serious pressure at the moment. Further declines in primary PET prices and price indices for flakes are making business difficult. In July, primary PET prices fell to around €900 per tonne and thus lower than the price of flakes. Since the purchase prices for post-consumer bottles did not drop as sharply as the sales prices of flakes, recyclers took a loss in some cases.

The bottle prices need to be cut more substantially, most recyclers complain. There is “absolutely no price gap” between flakes and primary PET anymore, they say. Demand for clear flakes remains weak, EUWID was told. Moreover, demand from film producers is not only limited because of the summer holiday season: In some cases, they are also substituting PET with PP, according to respondents.

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The full report on the post-consumer PET bottle market in Germany also appears in EUWID Recycling & Waste Management 16/2019 published on 7 August.

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