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 dropped to £975 per tonne in April 2018, having previously traded at over £1,000 per tonne for several months, 

Steel can prices also declined to £113 per tonne, having previously traded at around £130 per tonne since November 2017.Mixed can prices declined to £85 per tonne. 

PRN prices

Aluminium PRN prices increaded to at £12.50 per tonne in March 2018, the highest price seen since August 2016. 

Steel PRN prices improved slightly to around £6 per tonne in March 2018. However, this is almost £4 per tonne down on prices seen 12 months ago. 

Packaging recovery & recycling

Around 23kt of aluminium packaging was reprocessed in the UK or exported in 2017Q4, the same as 2016Q3. 

The amount of recovered steel packaging that is being reprocessed or exported totalled 108kt in 2017Q4. This was an increase of 4kt from 2016Q4.

Non-ferrous scrap metal

Copper dry bright wire prices declined to £4,300 per tonne in April 2018.

The price of aluminium pure cuttings declined in April 2018 and they are currently trading at £875 per tonne.

18/8 stainless solid prices continued to rise in 2018 and are currently trading at £755 per tonne. tonne. Lead battery prices dropped slightly £525 per tonne. They previously peaked at £600 per tonne in November 2016. 

Ferrous scrap metal prices

Prices for ferrous metal grades continued to perform well.  In March 2018 prices averaged around £170 per tonne for OA Heavy grade, £140 per tonne for 4C grade, £80 per tonne for 7B grade and £100 per tonne for grade 10.  


Virgin aluminium prices declined to £,1413 per tonne in April 2018. They had previously £1,568 per tonne in March 2018. The average price over the past 12 months was £1,534 per tonne.