This section of the data portal provides a summary of developments in the UK’s recovered metals market.  The data presented here comes from respected, publicly available and regularly updated sources on the internet.  By following the link(s) above the graphics, you can find out more details on the source of the data and visit the sites to access the full data.

The current highlights and trends are:

Aluminium & Steel

Aluminium can prices have seen a steep decline in 2019 and currently stand at around £765 per tonne, having started the year at £970 per tonne 

Steel can prices have fluctuated but in recent months, with current prices at less than £130 per tonne. 

Mixed can prices continued to rise steadily, remaining at £100 per tonne since April 2019. 


Packaging recovery & recycling

Around 27kt of aluminium packaging was reprocessed in the UK or exported in 2019Q2, which is 3kt more than the previous quarter, and 2kt more than the same period in 2018.  

The amount of recovered steel packaging that is being reprocessed or exported totalled 99kt in 2019Q2. This was an increase of 6kt from the previous quarter, but 10kt less than 2018Q2.


Non-ferrous scrap metal

Copper dry bright wire prices fluctuated throughout 2019 but in recent months prices have declined to £4025 per tonne, the lowest price point seen since April 2018. 

The price of aluminium pure cuttings has fluctuated throughout 2019 so far. They are have traded at an average price of  £725 per tonne. 

18/8 stainless solid prices have also been changeable throughout the year so far, averaging at £602 per tonne. 

Lead battery prices have seen fluctuations in recent months, averaging at £486 per tonne so far this year. 


Ferrous scrap metal prices

Prices for ferrous metal grades have fluctuated in 2019.  Prices have averaged around £139 per tonne this year for OA Heavy grade, £123 per tonne for 4C grade, and £70 per tonne for grade 10.  7B grade saw prices average around £112 per tonne.