Market Snapshot: September 2016

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 increased sharply during Q3-2016. Mixed paper and board prices rose by almost 50% to around £85 per tonne
Recovered glass prices are broadly stable. The main exception is mixed cullet prices which have increased by £5 per tonne to £10 per tonne during Q3-2016
Recovered textile prices appear to have strengthened during Q3-2016. Recovered textiles sourced from banks are valued at around £220 per tonne while charity shop textiles are valued at around £300 per tonne

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Plastics

Recovered plastic bottle prices generally increased during Q3-2016, the main grades (clear PET and natural HDPE) up less than 5%.

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Paper

Recovered paper and board prices saw the sharpest increase of any recovered material during Q3 2016.

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Glass

Mixed cullet prices increased from £10 per tonne to £15 per tonne during Q3-2016. Clear, amber and green cullet prices are broadly stable.

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Textiles

Recovered textiles sourced from banks are valued at around £220 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 £300 per tonne.

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Aluminium and steel

Recovered aluminium can prices jumped by almost £70 per tonne during Q3-2016 to £770 per tonne, while recovered steel can prices rose by £12 per tonne (up 25%) to £60 per tonne. In contrast, mixed can prices fell by around £5 per tonne.

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