Metal prices keep rising, key paper grades and HDPE bottles fall


The price of industrial metals continued to rise last week, according to the latest Intelligence report.

Copper grades rose by £125 per tonne, brass was up by £150 per tonne, while aluminium was up by £25 per tonne. Aluminium cans rose by £20 per tonne.

Even steel grades including cans, which has been in the doldrums for a while, increased by £10 per tonne.

The pressure on getting hold of containers and less local demand in China pushed down paper grades on the spot market. OCC lost £7 per tonne, mixed was down £2 per tonne and news & pam eased back by a quid.

While most plastics were stable, a little less demand led to £10 per tonne coming off HDPE bottles.

Want a free four-week trial of Intelligence? Then email to request it.


Please note, we do not give a free trial to anyone who has had one in the past year, or who has a generic email address such as Hotmail, yahoo or gmail. We reserve the right to refuse a free trial and our decision is final. 

A special LARAC Intelligence report is provided every Friday free of charge to local authority LARAC members and is available to download on the LARAC website or can be emailed each week on request.