Recycling prices and market commentary: 24 August 2018

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Bales of OCC cardboard for recycling
Bales of OCC cardboard for recycling

While recycling prices remained stable for almost all recycled grades this week, there are things happening in the background that could make September more volatile.

With many people on holiday either side of the August Bank Holiday weekend (apart from Scotland), trading volumes were reportedly small.

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But there is activity going on in the PRN market that has pushed some even higher, with predictions that they will explode in September as people get back from holiday and realise obligations need to be met. The expectation is that they will go higher, but how high is a matter for speculation. However, it is true that overall the PRN market has never been higher than it has so far.

Exporters have also reportedly struggled to get containers this week, due to an ongoing situation with a new Terminal Operating System that was introduced at Felixstowe in June still causing issues, combined with the fact that more lorry drivers than usual appear to be on holiday. Both of these are expected to be temporary.

International markets remain challenging with Vietnam reportedly struggling still to process containers at portside, while Turkey looks effectively shut at the moment while the value of the Turkish lira drops.

Those that are able to export found the pound strengthened slightly against the dollar to reach $1.28 compared to $1.27 last week, but it still makes UK material very good value compared to other markets.

But anybody sending material into Europe this week will have found better value, with it dropping from €1.12 a week ago to €1.11 by the end of the week.

Recycled plastics

Turkey has emerged as a key market for some grades of recycled plastics (particularly film) over the last few months, but this market appears to have ground to a halt.

A spat with the US Government caused the Turkish lira to crash last week against international currencies, having steadily declined over previous months anyway.

The crash immediately made it more expensive for Turkish buyers to purchase material, so they switched off. While it also makes it better value to sell the recycled material on the international market, it is the current uncertainty that has led them to halt purchases until things settle down again especially if the finished material is to be used for domestic purposes.

This means that destinations for plastic grades are becoming increasingly difficult to find at the moment with Asia effectively closed, Europe on holiday and domestic purchasers picking and choosing.

There is also increasing panic over the value of the plastic PRN. It increased to over £70 this week from around £65 a week ago, and there are predictions it will rise even higher in September as people return from holiday and panic over their obligation for the rest of the year. It will all depend on whether the data shows anything different of course.

Recycled paper

Prices for paper grades didn’t really change this week, but the situation in the market remains uncertain.

Chinese buyers were still paying top dollar for OCC and news & pam, with the exchange rate, increasing PRN and cheap shipping all helping. They were also aided by small price rises for domestic material in China.

At present, the tariff on US material hasn’t had any impact on the UK market, as it appears that US buyers and sellers have agreed to meet half way on the tariff costs that has helped to mitigate some of the impact, especially as US domestic mills are also buying helping to bring some competition to price.

Exporters to China have also reported a difficulty in getting containers as mentioned above, but this is expected to be temporary.

There are also grumbles about the inspection regime being introduced by CCIC that requires pre-loading photos being sent to the inspection company. However, this is still more lax than the inspection regimes being implemented by CCIC in other countries. This is leading to fears that UK material might not be deemed legal when it reaches Chinese customs, plus confusion remains around exactly what the UK to China inspection regime should actually be and how it is exactly being implemented.

UK and European mills are reportedly getting full having gorged on cheap mixed, and the coming weeks could see some easing off in purchases of that grade in particular.

Recycled metal

There were no changes for industrial metals this week, but the price of steel grades fell by £10 per tonne across the board, including cans.

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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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