Steel Can Prices

* For our archived steel can price indicators, click on the Metal Prices Archive link to the left - or see below for 2012 price indicators *

Since February 2009, has provided an ex-works (excluding delivery) price for steel cans being purchased by typically medium-to-large sized businesses receiving material from merchants and local collectors.

This reflects the fact that the CanRoute system previously used by many collectors such as councils and waste companies to sell cans to steel giant Corus (now Tata) was wound down in late 2008 largely as a result of the slump in new steel production caused by the global recession.

In light of this, a price for Corus is not shown from January 2010 as the company now buys cans from the scrap sector, rather than directly from councils.

Note: Prices shown are ex-works. For prices 'delivered in', add circa £10-15 per tonne.

Steel Can prices 2014

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Steel cans (ex-works) 135 - 150 130 - 140 125 - 135 125 - 137 125 - 139 125 - 135
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Steel cans (ex-works) 115 - 125

Prices chart