Market Snapshot: June 2013

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:
Mixed polymer and mixed HDPE prices are down 30%-50% since the start of the year
Concern over the impact of the ‘green fence’ may also have been a factor supporting the recent increase in plastic PRN prices
Steel and aluminium can prices both increased during the first half of the year while primary metal prices fell sharply

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Since the start of the year the Chinese authorities have taken steps to increase the enforcement of recovered material import standards under the so called ‘green fence’. Market contacts suggest the measures are likely to continue until at least the end of 2013 (although it is unclear exactly what form they will take).

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Plastics

The ‘green fence’ introduced by Chinese authorities to reduce import contamination has had a significant impact on mixed polymer prices. Mixed polymer bottle prices fell from £130 per tonne in March to £50 per tonne in May before rebounding to £70 per tonne in June. The measures have also affected coloured PET and mixed HDPE prices, down 10% and 30% respectively since January.

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Glass

Recovered glass container prices have generally declined since the start of 2013, although prices rebounded slightly in May/June. Clear, amber and green cullet prices are around 30% higher than June 2012 while mixed cullet prices rose from £8 per tonne to £18 per tonne. Cullet prices have remained high reflecting increased demand for recovered glass in order to meet the 2013 packaging compliance targets.

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Textiles

Recovered textile prices have remained broadly stable since January in the range of £350-£500 per tonne, depending on location and quality etc.

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Aluminium and steel

Recovered textile prices have remained broadly stable since January in the range of £350-£500 per tonne, depending on location and quality etc.

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