Market Snapshot: September 2014

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:
Recovered paper and board prices were broadly stable during the third quarter
Recovered glass prices fell during the third quarter as the likelihood of the UK meeting its glass packaging compliance target increased
Recovered aluminium and steel prices are stable


Recovered paper and board prices are broadly stable. Lower container freight rates and the recent weakening in the pound resulted in a widening in the price premium for OCC and mixed paper for export compared with domestic UK material.

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Recovered plastic bottle prices are broadly stable, with the exception of coloured PET and mixed HDPE bottle prices which rose almost 45% and 20% respectively during the third quarter.

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Recovered glass container prices fell by around £5-£10 per tonne during the third quarter with the increased likelihood that glass will comply with its packaging target leading to lower prices for recovered glass.

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Recovered textile prices stabilised during the third quarter following the sharp declines seen in the first half of the year. Textiles sourced from banks are valued at around £280 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) valued at £350 per tonne.

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Aluminium and steel

Recovered aluminium and steel can prices are broadly unchanged during the third quarter of 2014 at £685 per tonne and £130 per tonne respectively. This also reflects stable primary aluminium and steel prices.

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