December 2011

Wash. state UBC recycling rate falls

Washington state’s overall recycling rate reached a record 49 percent in 2010, outperforming the national average of 34 percent of disposable items diverted from landfills, even as aluminum can and nonferrous metals recycling bucked the trend, posting recovery rates lower than in the previous year.

US e-waste legislation gaining support

The potential to create jobs and stop toxic electronic waste from being exported has spurred the world’s largest recycler to support proposed federal legislation.

US aluminum group looks toward sustainability

The Aluminum Association is hoping that 2012 will offer more opportunities to promote recycling and sustainability initiatives while it works through more difficult environmental legislation.

Trade, currency lead US lobbying efforts

Currency manipulation and free trade were at the top of the agenda in the third quarter for metal lobbyists on Capitol Hill, according to disclosures filed with the House of Representatives.

MB NON-FERROUS EUROPEAN SCRAP PRICE CHANGES

The following MB non-ferrous European free market scrap prices changed on Friday:

European secondary aluminium stable as market signs off for 2011

European secondary aluminium prices remained stable on Friday with much of the market having ceased activities for the year, while sporadic sales for first-quarter delivery were made within last week’s ranges.

IMPORTANT METAL BULLETIN PRICING FOR END DECEMBER 2012

There will be no Metal Bulletin prices on December 28 and December 30, due to the Christmas holidays in the UK.

HOTLINE: Police track trollies to champion thief

Hotline heard of some unusual and audacious criminals during his diligent investigation into the growing problem of metal theft, but for pure quantity few individuals can beat the 37-year old man arrested this month in Spain for stealing around 3,000 supermarket trollies over the course of this year, at a value of €290,000 ($378,000).

MB NON-FERROUS UK SCRAP AND FOUNDRY INGOT PRICE CHANGES

The following MB UK non-ferrous scrap and foundry ingot prices changed on Wednesday:

UK secondary aluminium producers seek new markets after European shutout

UK secondary aluminium ingot prices were mostly stable on Wednesday December 21 as producers sought out new markets, with European buyers offering unacceptably low numbers due to euro weakness.