Recycling Market Commentary: 18 May 2018

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Although the market continued to tick along this week, there appear to be some challenges ahead that are worrying participants.

Fallout from China’s bans and export policies continues to affect the market, whether that is concern over what will happen when the US one-month export to China ban ends, or whether that is still finding alternative markets.

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Plastics exporters in particular are having to constantly sniff out the next opportunity, looking for open doors as one closes (more on this below).

For the paper market, OCC remains hot to China, and not so much elsewhere (more on this below).

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The pound fell a little against the dollar, giving exporters a bit more value with it trading at $1.34 at the end of this week, down just a touch from $1.35 at this time last week.

However, those sending material into Europe would find it a bit more expensive, with the pound rising back above €1.14 and close to €1.15 this week, after being at €1.13 on 11 May.

There will also be concerns over the rising oil price, with Brent Crude hovering at around $80 per barrel due to concern over Iranian oil supplies. At the beginning of May, oil was at around $73 per barrel. While this rise may not make too big a difference in the short term, it could lead to increased shipping and freight costs.

For plastics recyclers, a rising oil price should be a benefit if virgin polymer prices follow suit, especially when combined with what appears to be rising demand for recycled polymers in western economies.

Plastics

Prices for plastics remain relatively stable, but as mentioned above, the market will be watching closely to see if there is any impact from rising oil prices.

While material keeps moving at present, aided by the high PRN value, there is a constant game of finding a destination for material.

Some shipping lines are requesting deposits for containers to destinations such as Malaysia or Vietnam, while others are not refusing to ship plastics there at present. This is because the ports are overwhelmed by stockpiles of plastics in containers at the dockside awaiting collection with infrastructure to collect and process these materials overstretched.

The shipping lines therefore are fearful they could be left with full containers at dockside if the buyers of these materials decide not to collect. Or they are fearful that containers will be left there for a long time and out of action until the infrastructure us available to collect them.

There is also a feeling that some of the Asian destinations and the usually more prominent European destinations such as Poland and Netherlands are now less enthused about buying material, and as a result the focus appears to be on Lithuania and Turkey at the moment.

Paper

OCC continues to be the main point of conversation in the market at the moment.

As suggested last week, attention from Chinese mills turned to the UK and Europe for OCC purchases following the one-month ban imposed on US exports to China. This helped to push the price of Chinese specification material up above £150 per tonne in some circumstances, although trading was also occurring at £140+.

There is talk that shipments are already being prepared in the US for China once the ban ends, and there is likely to be a flood of material at the beginning of June.

For the non-China market including UK, Europe, India and elsewhere, anywhere between £70 to £80 wasn’t unusual.

There is a view though that June may see more convergence in price, as demand seems likely to return in non-Chinese destinations, while Chinese demand should fall.

Other paper grades were stable in price this week.

Metals

Copper grades continued to improve, rising by £100 per tonne for the second week in a row.

Brass grades also rose by the same amount. Other grades saw no real change.

Prices

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UK plastic bottles

wdt_ID UK £ Mixed bottles A Mixed bottles B PET HDPE Natural 95/5
1 16/02/2018 50-100 -10-30 160 360
2 09/02/2018 50-100 -10-30 160 360
3 02/02/2018 50-100 -10-30 160 360
4 26/01/2018 60-110 0-30 170 380
5 19/01/2018 60-110 0-30 170 380
6 12/01/2018 60-110 0-30 170 380
7 05/01/2018 60-110 0-30 170 380
8 15/12/2017 60-110 0-30 170 390
9 08/12/2017 60-110 0-30 170 390
10 01/12/2017 60-110 0-30 170 390

UK HDPE, Wheelie Bins, HIPS, EPS, PP

wdt_ID UK £ HDPE Regrind Wheelie Bins HIPS Regrind EPS PP Regrind
1 16/02/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
2 09/02/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
3 02/02/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
4 26/01/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
5 19/01/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
6 12/01/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
7 05/01/2018 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
8 15/12/2017 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
9 08/12/2017 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510
10 01/12/2017 470-490 270-300 300-350 400-450 470-510

UK LDPE film

wdt_ID UK £ LDPE 99/1 LDPE 98/2 LDPE 95/5 LDPE 90/10 Jazz Film
1 16/02/2018 200-270 170 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
2 09/02/2018 200-270 170 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
3 02/02/2018 200-270 170 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
4 26/01/2018 240-290 190 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
5 19/01/2018 240-290 190 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
6 12/01/2018 240-290 190 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
7 05/01/2018 240-290 190 60-100 0-40 -70-(-30)
8 15/12/2017 250-300 200 70-110 10-50 -70-(-30)
9 08/12/2017 250-300 200 70-110 10-50 -70-(-30)
10 01/12/2017 275-315 225 70-110 10-50 -70-(-30)

UK pots, tubs, trays

wdt_ID UK £ Mixed carrier bags Mixed hard plastics Mixed plastic trays
1 16/02/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
2 09/02/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
3 02/02/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
4 26/01/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
5 19/01/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
6 12/01/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
7 05/01/2018 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
8 15/12/2017 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
9 08/12/2017 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)
10 01/12/2017 -70-(-30) -70-(-30) -55-(-65)

UK OCC, ONP, Mixed paper

wdt_ID UK £ OCC ONP Mixed paper
1 16/02/2018 65 87 10
2 09/02/2018 62 87 10
3 02/02/2018 68 87 12
4 26/01/2018 87 95 37
5 19/01/2018 97 97 45
6 12/01/2018 105 97 55
7 05/01/2018 110 100 62
8 15/12/2017 110 100 62
9 08/12/2017 117 100 62
10 01/12/2017 142 100 62

UK soft mixed, OIN, SOW

wdt_ID UK £ Soft mixed OI news SOW
1 16/02/2018 0-20 120-130 165-175
2 09/02/2018 0-20 120-130 165-175
3 02/02/2018 0-20 120-130 165-175
4 26/01/2018 25-35 120-130 165-175
5 19/01/2018 30-40 120-130 165-175
6 12/01/2018 35-45 120-130 165-175
7 05/01/2018 35-45 120-130 165-175
8 15/12/2017 35-45 120-130 165-175
9 08/12/2017 35-45 120-130 165-175
10 01/12/2017 35-45 120-130 165-175

UK Multi, WHL, BW2

wdt_ID UK £ Multi grade WHL BW2
1 16/02/2018 150-170 238-244 280-290
2 09/02/2018 150-170 238-244 280-290
3 02/02/2018 150-170 238-244 280-290
4 26/01/2018 155-170 238-244 280-290
5 19/01/2018 155-170 238-244 280-290
6 12/01/2018 155-170 238-244 280-290
7 05/01/2018 155-170 238-244 280-290
8 15/12/2017 155-170 238-244 280-290
9 08/12/2017 155-170 238-244 280-290
10 01/12/2017 160-175 238-244 280-290

UK copper

wdt_ID UK £ Copper Dry bright wire New tube Braziery Clean Pyro
1 16/02/2018 4,300 4250-4350 4175-4275 3350-3450 1700-1800
2 09/02/2018 4,300 4250-4350 4175-4275 3350-3450 1700-1800
3 02/02/2018 4,400 4350-4450 4275-4375 3450-3550 1800-1900
4 26/01/2018 4,400 4350-4450 4275-4375 3450-3550 1800-1900
5 19/01/2018 4,400 4350-4450 4275-4375 3450-3550 1800-1900
6 12/01/2018 4,600 4550-4650 4475-4575 3650-3750 2000-2100
7 05/01/2018 4,600 4550-4650 4475-4575 3650-3750 2000-2100
8 15/12/2017 4,200 4150-4250 4075-4175 3250-3350 1600-1700
9 08/12/2017 4,200 4150-4250 4075-4175 3250-3350 1600-1700
10 01/12/2017 4,200 4150-4250 4075-4175 3250-3350 1600-1700

UK brass

wdt_ID UK £ Brass (Honey) Mixed brass Rod swarf Brass/copper rads
1 16/02/2018 2,700 2650-2750 2475-2575 2400-2500
2 09/02/2018 2,700 2650-2750 2475-2575 2400-2500
3 02/02/2018 2,700 2650-2750 2475-2575 2400-2500
4 26/01/2018 2,800 2750-2850 2575-2675 2500-2600
5 19/01/2018 2,800 2750-2850 2575-2675 2500-2600
6 12/01/2018 2,800 2750-2850 2575-2675 2500-2600
7 05/01/2018 2,900 2850-2950 2675-2725 2600-2700
8 15/12/2017 2,650 2600-2700 2425-2525 2350-2450
9 08/12/2017 2,650 2600-2700 2425-2525 2350-2450
10 01/12/2017 2,650 2600-2700 2425-2525 2350-2450

UK aluminium alloys

wdt_ID UK £ Taint/Tabor Alum Bronze solids Low grade cable Household cable
1 16/02/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
2 09/02/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
3 02/02/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
4 26/01/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
5 19/01/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
6 12/01/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
7 05/01/2018 1,350 2050-2150 525-575 1050-1150
8 15/12/2017 1,300 2000-2100 475-525 1000-1100
9 08/12/2017 1,300 2000-2100 475-525 1000-1100
10 01/12/2017 1,400 2100-2200 575-625 1100-1200

UK aluminum

wdt_ID UK £ Clean HE9 Clean alu wheels Cast alu Old rolled alu
1 16/02/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
2 09/02/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
3 02/02/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
4 26/01/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
5 19/01/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
6 12/01/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
7 05/01/2018 800-900 1000-1050 700-750 475-525
8 15/12/2017 750-850 950-1000 650-700 425-525
9 08/12/2017 750-850 950-1000 650-700 425-525
10 01/12/2017 850-950 1025-1125 750-800 525-575

UK stainless steel, zinc, lead

wdt_ID UK £ 18/8 stainless 316 stainless Zinc Lead Lead batteries
1 16/02/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
2 09/02/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
3 02/02/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
4 26/01/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
5 19/01/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
6 12/01/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
7 05/01/2018 725-775 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
8 15/12/2017 675-725 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
9 08/12/2017 675-725 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675
10 01/12/2017 675-725 975-1025 800-900 1400-1500 625-675

UK ferrous

wdt_ID UK £ HMS 1 Light iron O/S shearing O/S construction Mixed iron
1 16/02/2018 180 135-175 145-185 130-170 150-190
2 09/02/2018 180 135-175 145-185 130-170 150-190
3 02/02/2018 180 135-175 145-185 130-170 150-190
4 26/01/2018 180 135-175 145-185 130-170 150-190
5 19/01/2018 190 145-185 155-195 140-180 160-200
6 12/01/2018 200 155-195 165-205 150-190 170-210
7 05/01/2018 200 155-195 165-205 150-190 170-210
8 15/12/2017 195 150-190 160-200 145-185 165-205
9 08/12/2017 195 150-190 160-200 145-185 165-205
10 01/12/2017 175 130-170 140-180 125-165 145-185

UK engines, cans, plugs

wdt_ID UK £ EOLV Steel UBC Aluminium UBCs Plugs and chargers
1 16/02/2018 95-135 120-160 1000-1100 110-130
2 09/02/2018 95-135 120-160 1000-1100 110-130
3 02/02/2018 95-135 120-160 1000-1100 110-130
4 26/01/2018 95-135 120-160 1050-1150 110-130
5 19/01/2018 105-145 130-170 1050-1150 110-130
6 12/01/2018 115-155 140-180 1050-1150 110-130
7 05/01/2018 115-155 140-180 1050-1150 110-130
8 15/12/2017 110-150 135-175 1000-1150 110-130
9 08/12/2017 110-150 135-175 1000-1150 110-130
10 01/12/2017 90-130 115-155 1000-1150 110-130

UK glass

wdt_ID UK £ Clear Amber Green Mixed
1 16/02/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
2 09/02/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
3 02/02/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
4 26/01/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
5 19/01/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
6 12/01/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
7 05/01/2018 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
8 15/12/2017 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
9 08/12/2017 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8
10 01/12/2017 18-28 14-20 9-13 2-8

PRN paper, plastic, glass

wdt_ID UK £ Paper Plastic Glass Remelt Glass Other
1 16/02/2018 1.80-2.20 56-58 11-12 10.50-11.50
2 09/02/2018 1.25-1.75 56-58 10.50-11.50 10-11
3 02/02/2018 1.25-1.75 56-58 10.50-11.50 10-11
4 26/01/2018 1.50-2.00 54-56 10.50-11.50 9.50-11
5 19/01/2018 1.50-2.00 52-56 10-12 9-11
6 12/01/2018 1.50-2.00 50-54 10-12 9-11
7 05/01/2018 1.25-1.75 51-55 9.50-11.50 9-11
8 15/12/2017 1.25-1.75 48-52 9.50-11.50 8.50-10.50
9 08/12/2017 1.50-2.00 39-43 9-11 9-11
10 01/12/2017 1.65-2.15 29-33 9-11 9-11

PRNs wood, steel, alu, recovery

wdt_ID UK £ Wood Steel Aluminium Recovery
1 16/02/2018 8-9 4-6 20-24 0.4-0.5
2 09/02/2018 7.25-8.25 4-6 20-24 0.4-0.5
3 02/02/2018 7.25-8.25 4-6 20-24 0.4-0.5
4 26/01/2018 5-6 4-6 33-37 0.4-0.5
5 19/01/2018 4.50-5.50 5-7 33-37 0.4-0.5
6 12/01/2018 4.50-5.50 5-7 33-37 0.4-0.5
7 05/01/2018 4.50-5.50 4.50-5.50 33-37 0.4-0.5
8 15/12/2017 4.50-5.50 1-2 14-16 0.4-0.5
9 08/12/2017 4-5 1-2 14-16 0.4-0.5
10 01/12/2017 1.75-2.25 1-3 4-6 0.4-0.5

UK gate fees, RDF, landfill

wdt_ID UK £ RDF - UK Landfill Tax Landfill Gate fee
1 16/02/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
2 09/02/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
3 02/02/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
4 26/01/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
5 19/01/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
6 12/01/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
7 05/01/2018 65-85 86.10 10-20
8 15/12/2017 65-85 86.10 10-20
9 08/12/2017 65-85 86.10 10-20
10 01/12/2017 65-85 86.10 10-20

UK Gate Fees - EFW, AD, MRF

wdt_ID UK £ Energy from Waste Anaerobic digestion MRF
1 16/02/2018 60-90 60-90 60-90
2 09/02/2018 25-35 25-35 25-35
3 02/02/2018 0-30 0-30 0-30
4 26/01/2018 60-90 25-35 0-30
5 19/01/2018 60-90 25-35 0-30
6 12/01/2018 60-90 25-35 0-30
7 05/01/2018 60-90 25-35 0-30
8 15/12/2017 60-90 25-35 0-30
9 08/12/2017 60-90 25-35 0-30
10 01/12/2017 60-90 25-35 0-30

China plastics

wdt_ID USD $ PET flake PET bottle HDPE Natural LDPE 98/2
1 16/02/2018 821 486 874 544
2 09/02/2018 821 486 874 544
3 02/02/2018 760 486 772 538
4 26/01/2018 760 486 772 538
5 19/01/2018 760 486 772 538
6 12/01/2018 760 486 772 538
7 05/01/2018 760 486 772 538
8 15/12/2017 696 403 760 684
9 08/12/2017 785 570 798 630
10 01/12/2017 785 570 798 630

China paper

wdt_ID USD $ OCC ONP Mixed
1 16/02/2018 230 257 149
2 09/02/2018 230 257 149
3 02/02/2018 235 240 155
4 26/01/2018 235 240 155
5 19/01/2018 235 240 155
6 12/01/2018 235 240 155
7 05/01/2018 235 240 155
8 15/12/2017 250 262 151
9 08/12/2017 255 262 159
10 01/12/2017 255 262 159

China metals

wdt_ID USD $ Copper Wire Brass (Honey) Taint/Tabor HMS 1
1 16/02/2018 6,175 4,650 1,285 144
2 09/02/2018 6,175 4,650 1,285 144
3 02/02/2018 6,135 4,635 1,595 153
4 26/01/2018 6,135 4,635 1,595 153
5 19/01/2018 6,135 4,635 1,595 153
6 12/01/2018 6,135 4,635 1,595 153
7 05/01/2018 6,135 4,635 1,595 153
8 15/12/2017 6,205 5,230 1,390 155
9 08/12/2017 6,190 5,210 1,440 130
10 01/12/2017 6,190 5,210 1,440 130

US plastics

wdt_ID USD $ PET bottles HDPE Natural LDPE Grade A
1 16/02/2018 450 585 350
2 09/02/2018 450 585 350
3 02/02/2018 450 585 350
4 26/01/2018 450 585 350
5 19/01/2018 450 585 350
6 12/01/2018 450 585 350
7 05/01/2018 450 585 350
8 15/12/2017 400 585 350
9 08/12/2017 400 585 350
10 01/12/2017 460 585 350

US paper

wdt_ID USD $ OCC ONP Mixed
1 16/02/2018 110 80 40
2 09/02/2018 110 80 40
3 02/02/2018 110 80 40
4 26/01/2018 110 80 40
5 19/01/2018 120 80 60
6 12/01/2018 120 80 60
7 05/01/2018 120 80 60
8 15/12/2017 120 80 60
9 08/12/2017 120 80 60
10 01/12/2017 120 80 60

US metals

wdt_ID USD $ Copper Wire Brass (Honey) Taint/Tabor HMS 1
1 16/02/2018 5,950 3,636 2,512 320
2 09/02/2018 5,950 3,636 2,512 320
3 02/02/2018 6,061 3,636 2,512 320
4 26/01/2018 6,061 3,636 2,512 320
5 19/01/2018 6,237 3,592 2,512 265
6 12/01/2018 6,237 3,592 2,512 265
7 05/01/2018 6,170 2,975 2,468 265
8 15/12/2017 5,906 3,416 2,424 265
9 08/12/2017 5,775 2,909 2,424 265
10 01/12/2017 5,884 3,415 2,468 295

 

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