Market Snapshot: December 2015

11th January 2017

WRAP's Market Snapshot provides an overview of recent developments in recovered material markets and is updated on a regular basis.

Key points:
UK recovered material prices generally declined in value between August and December 2015 with the sharpest falls seen in recovered plastic and metal can markets
Recovered metal can prices fell sharply during the period August to December 2015
News & PAM prices have been broadly stable since August, while OCC prices fell 4% and mixed paper and board prices fell 9%




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News & PAM prices are broadly stable since August at £75 per tonne. OCC prices fell by 4% to £70 per tonne, while mixed paper and board prices fell by 9% to £50 per tonne. Virgin pulp prices (a substitute in the manufacture of paper products) fell slightly during Aug-Dec 2015 to end the year 11% below levels twelve months ago.

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Recovered plastic bottle prices generally fell by around 30%-40% between August and December 2015. Both clear PET and mixed polymer bottle prices are now at their lowest level since early 2009. Mixed HDPE bottle prices saw a much smaller decline, falling from £150 per tonne to £130 per tonne.

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Recovered glass prices are broadly unchanged since August with clear at £20 per tonne, amber around £15 per tonne and green £5 per tonne. Mixed cullet fluctuated between a price of £5-£10 per tonne and a gate fee of around £5-£10 per tonne.

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Recovered textile prices fell by £30-£40 per tonne between August and December 2015 and are now some 45%-50% below October 2013 levels. Textiles sourced from banks are valued at around £210 per tonne while charity shop textiles (the value that a charity receives for charity shop clothing sold to merchants that collect the garments from the shop) are valued at around £270 per tonne.

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Aluminium and steel

Recovered can prices fell sharply during AugDec 2015. Recovered aluminium can prices fell by 28% to £500 per tonne, steel can prices fell by 75% to £15 per tonne and mixed can prices dropped 61% to £35 per tonne. The fall in metal can prices was much sharper than that observed in virgin metal markets; aluminium is broadly unchanged while steel is down 16% over the same period.

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Recovered wood gate fees remain high at around £55 per tonne for low grade material.

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An estimated 388kt of WEEE was recovered from UK households during the first three quarters of 2015, up 7% compared with the same period in 2014.

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