Recycling Markets Trend Up, Down and Sideways: A Year in Review and What’s in Store for 2024

Markets have been quite quirky this year as I noted in my last column. Paper prices continue to go up in most parts of the country. Even though plastic prices are showing some signs of life, the four curbside plastics, PET, both HDPEs and polypropylene, remain in the doldrums. Recycling prices normally weaken in winter s demand slows down. As with most recyclers, I remain cautiously optimistic markets will improve in 2024 but all too aware the economy is full of uncertainties.

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