Shortage-fuelled Switch from virgin to recycled polyolefins could prove permanent for some grades


Competitive recycled resin prices along with virgin material shortages have seen a move to substitute away from virgin and to recycled material to keep plants running. This additional demand came when underlying recycling demand was already strong due to a combination of consumer and regulatory pressure over single-use plastics and projects that had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic beginning to come on stream.

Senior recycling editor Mark Victory looks into the market dynamics of virgin vs recycled and if this switch could be permanent.

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