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Waste plastics: May brings more price increases in Germany

09.06.2021 − In May, prices for most waste plastics rose once again. The ongoing supply bottlenecks for primary plastics led to another round of price hikes. As in the previous month, recyclers preferred to serve their regular...» more

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Supply of ordinary RCP grades tighter than expected in Italy

02.06.2021 − Calm is only slowly returning to Italy's recovered paper market. Prices for ordinary grades had started to recede from early April’s peaks when reports of low collection volumes and minor upward pressure began to...» more

High export and domestic demand pushes German scrap prices higher

25.05.2021 − Over the past few weeks, the German steel scrap market saw another significant price jump. Even though ferrous scrap merchants had been optimistic in their expectations for business in May, traders were surprised by...» more

Recovered paper prices peak in Germany in April

18.05.2021 − Recovered paper prices rose only slightly in Germany in April. The price rally on the recovered paper market has likely come to an end, at least for now. » more

Hefty price increases for waste plastics in April

10.05.2021 − Once again, waste plastics were in high demand in April in Germany due to the extremely limited availability of primary plastics. Accordingly, prices for secondary plastics spiked last month. » more

Recovered paper supply situation eases in France

28.04.2021 − After a very turbulent March, with record high prices for the ordinary grades, there were no further increases in April. But neither were there signs of a turnaround, thanks to good demand.» more

Upward price pressure eases for OCC on the UK recovered paper market

22.04.2021 − In April, the recovered paper market in the UK has been feeling the effects of the blockage of the Suez Canal and the ongoing limited availability of the higher recovered paper grades. Al-though demand for the ordinary...» more

After months of volatility, stable ferrous scrap prices in Germany

19.04.2021 − After the roller coaster ride of the past three months, prices on the German ferrous scrap market in April moved sideways for the first time this year. Prices for new scrap in particular held steady at March levels.» more

Waste plastics prices still trending higher in Germany

08.04.2021 − Plastic scrap prices increased across the board in Germany in March. Top-quality commercial film scrap prices soared during the course of the month, » more

Steep mark-ups for ordinary and deinking grades in France

31.03.2021 − Many market participants had expected that recovered paper prices in France would rise in March, but no one had anticipated such the dramatic spike which materialised. » more

Export business drives British recovered paper prices to record highs

25.03.2021 − There was no sign of a calming of the British recovered paper market in March. On the contrary, the upward price trend gained momentum over the course of the month.» more

Steel scrap prices rebound on the German market in March

23.03.2021 − Ferrous scrap prices in Germany remained high in March and the February price dip was wiped out. At the beginning of March, prices returned almost to January levels.» more

Steep upward price trend continues for
ordinary recovered paper grades in Germany

16.03.2021 − Prices for ordinary recovered paper grades continue to rise on the German market. Following the very considerable upticks in January and February, prices in March are said to be rising even more sharply. » more

Uptick in demand and prices for waste plastics in Germany

05.03.2021 − The tide has now turned on the waste plastics market. After a months-long sales crisis and some capacity reductions, the situation has now evolved into a seller’s market. » more

Italian recovered paper prices lifted by strong demand

03.03.2021 − Strong demand has provided yet more upward momentum for recovered paper prices in Italy. Not only the packaging grades but also to the deinking grades recorded price increases in February. » more

PET recycling: prices for bottles and flakes on the rise

02.03.2021 − German PET recyclers reported an increase in demand for clear flakes in February. As expected, prices for these flakes increased over the course of the month. » more

Good export demand lifts ordinary RCP grades in the UK

24.02.2021 − Recovered paper (RCP) collection volumes in the UK declined in February compared with January and are still below the typical level for this time of year. “By the end of January, we had already processed the volumes...» more

Expected price correction on German steel scrap market in February

24.02.2021 − The price rally on the German steel scrap market has been interrupted for now. After ferrous scrap prices rose by more than 50 per cent between October and January, there was – as traders had been expecting – a price...» more

Textiles recyclers suffering due to weak
sales of higher quality sorted grades

17.02.2021 − Germany's second-hand clothing market is still experiencing considerable financial pressure, with market players widely saying that they were "proceeding extremely cautiously". Lower collection volumes for...» more

Export troubles and livelier demand for waste plastics in Germany

04.02.2021 − Ambiguity surrounding the implementation of new rules governing waste plastic exports has created a great deal of confusion on Germany's waste plastics market. » more

German waste wood market caught wrong-footed by subsidy extension

02.02.2021 − The market for waste wood in Germany, and especially in the southern part of the country, has become more dynamic in some cases at the beginning of the year. The typical seasonal dip in volumes occurred at the turn of...» more

Logistics problems causing headaches on British recovered paper market

26.01.2021 − Supply and demand alike are good on the British recovered paper market in January, with prices for mixed paper and old corrugated containers (OCC) pointing higher towards the middle of the month. Current trading...» more

Steel scrap surge drives shift in treatment prices for some e-scrap streams in Germany

25.01.2021 − The market for the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Germany at the start of 2021 was shaped by high prices for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals as well as by good arisings. » more

Prices on German steel scrap market skyrocket

22.01.2021 − Ferrous scrap prices were expected to rise in January, but market participants were stunned by the magnitude of the surge.» more

Decent demand for German PET recyclate in December

12.01.2021 − The year 2020 ended on a relatively calm note for PET recyclers in Germany. As expected, arisings of waste bottles declined in December. Some plants took a longer break over the holidays, while others continued...» more

German steel scrap market ends 2020 with unparalleled rally

21.12.2020 − "Crazy,” "madness”, "a joke” were just a few of the words used by merchants to try to describe recent price developments on Germany’s ferrous scrap market in interviews with EUWID. It is not unusual for prices to climb...» more

German wte market proves robust and stable in a year defined by Covid-19

14.12.2020 − The German market for treatment of mixed municipal waste proved to be fairly stable and robust in a year profoundly affected by the spread of the coronavirus and the ensuing economic downturn.» more

German PET recyclers slightly more upbeat as year ends

09.12.2020 − The beginnings of a trend reversal emerged on the PET bottle recycling market in Germany in November. Prices for post-consumer bottles from deposit systems did not fall any further. In a few cases, recyclers even paid...» more

Germany’s textile recyclers agreed:"2020 was a lost year"

07.12.2020 − The pressures that the German waste textiles market has been operating under for quite some time have been compounded by the worsening Covid-19 pandemic. That being said, the "second wave" was not hitting the...» more

Strong demand buoys recovered paper prices in the UK

25.11.2020 − The drop – or even crash – on the UK recovered paper market which some some market experts had predicted for November failed to materialise. On the contrary, prices for the ordinary grades rose markedly in some cases,...» more