Update: The domestic plastic recyclables market

August 27, 2018
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We understand that you have questions about how plastic recyclables are impacted by changes in the commodities markets. Recent import restrictions imposed by China resulted in a dramatic decrease of prices for commodities, but the domestic plastic market remains strong.

Montgomery County’s plastics are sold on the domestic recycling market to a variety of vendors. In most cases, the plastic is sent to a mill, which will process the plastic into flakes or pellets. This material is then used by the mill or sold to manufacturers to produce a final product. A summary of the end market for each commodity is below—actual uses may vary.

For more information on our recycling programs, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling.


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