Waste plastics: Higher prices and greater uncertainty in Germany

In April, the waste plastics market in Germany was once again characterised by uncertainty and price hikes. The size of the mark-ups sought by sellers occasionally soared to absurd heights. The current price quotes are often at record levels and the market is extremely volatile and difficult to assess. In most cases, converters and recyclers report massive supply problems. Recyclers often say: "We can only fulfil orders for our regular customers.” Availability is particularly tight for PP and HDPE.

There are now fears that downtimes will become necessary, either because of a shortage of input materials or because production will become unprofitable owing to the skyrocketing costs for raw materials, energy and transport. Raw material prices have now reached a level that could put some companies out of business....

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