Metals

The metals recycling sector has traditionally been one of the most important recycling industries, with an estimated turnover of about £5.6 billion a year.

  • Please scroll down below or use the links to the left to see our monthly scrap metal price indicators.
  • The Metal Prices Archive gives information dating back to 2000.

letsrecycle.com provides a monthly guide to scrap metal prices in the sector, drawing on input from a range of businesses in the scrap metal recycling industry.

The sector's trade organisation, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), estimates that, in 2006, it recovered 15 million tonnes of material, and metal recovered in the UK is used as a raw material both domestically and overseas.

Scrap metal come in two forms; ferrous - steel and iron - which includes steel packaging such as food cans, and non-ferrous - such as copper, brass, aluminium and zinc - which includes the majority of drinks cans.

It also comes from a variety of sources, and as a result metal recyclers have had a key role in helping the UK to work towards a number of European recycling targets, including the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the Batteries Directive.

However, despite the metal recycling sector's size and value, and a concerted period of high prices for recovered metals in recent years, the sector suffered from the market downturn experienced throughout the recycling industry in late 2008. Since then the market has been volatile with prices gradually moving up again..

Prices are in £ per tonne.

Ferrous metal prices 2014

Ferrous £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
0A plate & girder 195 - 205 160 - 170 170 - 180
No 1 old steel scrap 185 - 195 145 - 150 155 - 160
No 2 old steel scrap 175 - 185 140 - 145 150 - 160
4A low residual bales 190 - 195 150 - 160 155 - 165
4C new production bales 190 - 200 170 - 175 175 - 180
light iron 130 - 140 80 - 95 92 - 102
7B mixed steel turnings 160 - 165 120 - 125 135 - 140
8B mixed steel cuttings 170 - 180 145 - 155 150 - 155
9 - 10 cast 170 - 180 130 - 150 140 - 150
11 cast iron borings 140 - 145 115 - 125 120 - 127
Cars 130 - 140 95 - 100 100 - 105
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
0A plate & girder
No 1 old steel scrap
No 2 old steel scrap
4A low residual bales
4C new production bales
light iron
7B mixed steel turnings
8B mixed steel cuttings
9 - 10 cast
11 cast iron borings
Cars

Ferrous £ per tonne

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Non-ferrous metal prices 2014

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Dry bright wire 3800 3700 3600 3200
Heavy copper 3500 3400 3300 2900
No 2 copper wire 3300 3200 3100 2700
Braziery copper 2850 2800 2700 2300
Insulated copper cable 1300 1200 1150 1000
Brass cuttings 2200 2200 2100 2000
Brass swarf 1900 1900 1800 1700
Brass and copper radiators 2100 2000 1900 1800
Mixed brass 2100 2100 2000 1900
Heavy brass 2300 2300 2200 2100
Gunmetal 2400 2400 2300 2200
Pure aluminium cuttings 800 800 800 800
Aluminium alloy cuttings 800 800 800 800
Old rolled aluminium 600 650 650 650
Clean cast aluminium 750 750 750 750
Aluminium turnings 500 550 550 550
Aluminium foil 250 250 250 250
Lead scrap 950 900 950 900
Batteries 430 400 430 400
Zinc mixed scrap 500 500 500 500
Zinc cuttings 500 500 500 500
18 - 8 stainless steel solids 680 700 700 720
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dry bright wire
Heavy copper
No 2 copper wire
Braziery copper
Insulated copper cable
Brass cuttings
Brass swarf
Brass and copper radiators
Mixed brass
Heavy brass
Gunmetal
Pure aluminium cuttings
Aluminium alloy cuttings
Old rolled aluminium
Clean cast aluminium
Aluminium turnings
Aluminium foil
Lead scrap
Batteries
Zinc mixed scrap
Zinc cuttings
18 - 8 stainless steel solids

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Aluminium Can Prices 2014

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
baled or densified and strapped 690 - 720 660 - 690 650 - 680
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
baled or densified and strapped

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Steel Can prices 2014

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Steel cans ('ex-works' - excluding delivery) 135 - 150 130 - 140 125 - 135
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Steel cans ('ex-works' - excluding delivery)

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