Despite decent demand for original collected stock, driven in part by an increase in sorting capacity, it was now evident that some of the pressure on the market had been relieved. Buyers were no longer looking to buy original collected stock at any price, market players said. A few insiders even reported that prices had crumbled slightly. This assessment is also borne out by the results of German local authorities‘ calls for tender, in which the highest bids failed to meet the expectations of municipal governments.
With the winter nearing, views about the supply of original collected stock in Germany for the coming season vary widely. While most sources are now reporting adequate availability, other market players feel that there is a “massive question mark” hanging over stocks.