Household Cable This is pretty much any double layered cable which has a copper content between 40% - 50% All plugs, sockets etc must be removed before selling as this will bring down the final value of the your cable.
Low Grade / Armoured Cable / SWA
Low Grade cable is triple layered copper cable with an extra layer of steel as there are so many layers this cable is usually bought at a lower price to household cable, however the price will get higher if the Armoured cables you are selling has a bigger circumference as this usually means there is a better copper content.
Single Core Cable
Singles have a higher copper content usually between 60% - 70% for this reason we can pay a better price for singles, the final price would be much less if it has plugs attached.
Here are some photos of the types of copper we buy and sell Dry Bright Wire
This type of copper be found inside insulated cable, It is well worth removing this copper from large armoured cables as the Dry Bright Wire is of high value and can be sold at a better rate that copper pipes.
Clean Copper Tubes
Clean copper tubes is basically Clean Copper Pipes that have no paint solder of plastic attachments it is the second most valuable common type of copper, other clean types of copper can be sold along side clean tubes.
Heavy Copper also know as Copper 98%
As you can see in the picture below Heavy Copper has paint and solder attachments and is not as good as clean copper so the price is usually slightly less.
Copper Braziery is basically copper pipes with some attachments as brass has a lesser value than Copper Braziery prices are usually 50p - £1 less than copper 98%
Copper Cylinders are usually priced at the same price as braziery although weight can be taken off for insulation and limescale, clean tanks with brass elements and insulation removed can be sold as copper 98%.
We are offering our Scrap Metal Collection Service from all the listed areas.
London, Luton, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Our Mobile Scrap Metal Weigh and Pay Mobile Service is available in all these areas.
We are buying Lead, Copper, Brass and all types of cable. Please call us on 07802780631 if you would like a collection, if we have not mentioned your area don't worry if it is not too far away from the areas mentioned it should still be ok.
The future of the Port Talbot steelworks in South Wales is thrown into question again as Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp part ways.
The Indian company and Germany's Thyssenkrupp had wanted to create the second-largest steelmaker in Europe through a 50-50 partnership - a deal that unions said would safeguard investment and the 4,000 jobs in South Wales.
But the firms announced on Friday they had decided to part ways because remedies demanded by the EU competition regulator went beyond the "logic" of the deal - agreed last June following two years of talks.
Tata made it clear that it planned to operate its European operations as normal, for now at least, saying Port Talbot was cash positive and it would look for strategic opportunities.
Its statement said: "While the proposed joint venture was an important strategic initiative for Tata Steel to create a sustainable portfolio in Europe that would have also helped to de-consolidate the European business and de-leverage its balance sheet, Tata Steel remains committed to the above strategy and would explore all options to achieve similar outcomes in the future."
Port Talbot became a symbol of the struggles facing UK steel ahead of the tie-up talks in 2016 as the sector battled to restore its competitiveness in the face of high energy costs and the threat posed by cheap Chinese imports.
Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the steelworkers' trade union Community, said of the failed merger: "This is obviously a major development that raises as many questions as answers.
Nearly £6 million in funding was secured for a fridge recycling plant in Gateshead,
Gap Waste Management, which is part of the family firm, the Gap Group, has said it secured £5.7 million in funding from private equity firms SQN Capital Management UK, Bridge and York Capital Partners, as well as through a mixture of other loans.
The plant can process up to 100 fridges per hour
The Gap Group, based in Gateshead, said the plant will be capable of processing up to 100 fridges per hour, and is “strategically located”.
Managing director of the Gap Group, Peter Moody, explained he is pleased to be moving forward with the plans after a long planning process.
He said: “After spending what has felt like a long time putting the necessary plans together, we are thrilled to see the funding come through to facilitate what will be a fantastic project and beneficial to so many. This will allow local waste to be treated by local people which is not only fantastic in terms of generating employment opportunities but also great from an environmental perspective”.
Gap Waste noted that it collects more than 100,000 fridges every year, collecting bulk shipments from across the UK and transporting them to the North East. Each collection weighs on average between five and six tonnes. Its largest source of waste arrives from CA sites.
The plant will follow on from a fully automated WEEE plant which the Gap Group built in 2016, as well as expanding an in house CRT recycling facility and reuse plant.
The video below shows GAP Waste collecting large domestic appliances and providing a “complete recycling service” with the recyclate being sold within the material recovery chain.
GAP Waste collects over 100,000 waste fridges per annum and collects bulk shipments and transport across the UK in its fleet, which average around five or six tonnes per load.
LONDON (Reuters) - Industrial metal markets are taking a breather as they await tangible evidence that China’s latest stimulus package is feeding through to a flagging manufacturing sector.
April’s purchasing managers indices, weaker than expected but still just in expansion territory, mean the collective guessing game continues.
More certain is the strength of the country’s imports in the first quarter of this year.
Copper imports almost matched last year’s record pace, while China continues to soak up refined zinc and lead to fill domestic market shortfalls.
Refined nickel imports have been slower than last year but inbound shipments of nickel raw materials continue to boom.
China’s exports of aluminium semi-manufactured products tend to grab the headlines but equally significant are shifts in the country’s trade in bauxite and alumina.
The tin trade picture is different, with China consolidating its position as a consistent net exporter even though imports of raw materials are falling.
COPPER - MIND THE SCRAP GAP
Refined copper imports slowed over February and March but the first-quarter total of 839,000 tonnes was down by only a marginal 1.6 percent on 2018, when imports hit a record 3.8 million tonnes.
Robust imports may in part just be the normal restocking as the country gears up after winter and the Lunar New Year holidays. Shanghai exchange stocks are mirroring this seasonal pattern, falling by 41,733 tonnes over the last month.
An extra element to the mix this year, however, might be the continuing disruption to scrap flows as Beijing steadily tightens the purity threshold for imports.
Scrap imports slumped by 32 percent last year and they fell another 38 percent to 343,000 tonnes in the first quarter of 2019.
The gross tonnage declines overstate the copper content impact as the quality of scrap shipments steadily rises but the continuing turmoil in this segment of the market is generating increased demand for both refined metal and mine concentrates.
Domestic Fridge and Freezer disposal has become a bit of a problem since new environmental laws put a ban on fridge and freezers going into scrap yards as standard frag feed, The reason behind the ban was breaking up fridges and freezers causes harmful gasses to be released into the atmosphere.
We often get calls from people who are not aware of the change in the law and still think scrap collectors collect old fridges but this is no longer the case.
Since the ban there has been a spike in fridges and freezers being flytipped, This has also lead to an increase in the same problem the new law was trying to prevent, Fridges that are dumped in the street usually have their compressors cut and removed by unlicensed illegal scrap collectors, cutting the compressors from fridges and freezers leads to harmful gasses being released so we end up back to the same problem.
If you are a householder you would be able to take your fridge or freezers to your local Council Tip and dispose it free of charge, this might not be case for all councils but most of them.
You could also arrange a fridge collection by the council however this might not be free with all councils each borough has a different charging system, today I was informed that someone in Milton Keynes was quoted £60 for a fridge collection by their local council, that is the highest charge I've seen so far.
We can offer fridge freezer disposal at a fair price, let us know what you have been quoted by your council and we will see if it's possible to offer a better deal.
My personal view on solving the problem of flytipped fridges is for government and councils to work together on creating state owned fridge treatment plants which can safely de-gas and remove the metals from the fridges and freezers at a profit, If people were offered even a small credit token of even £2 for each fridge they took along to a treatment site, I believe these fridges would no longer be flytipped and I'm sure people would be willing to collect them off the street and run them in if the incentive was there.
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Waste Clearance and Scrap Metal Collection Service in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.
We are offering and alternative to skip hire in the Milton Keynes area, fair prices single items and small collections welcome, we can clear fridges beds sofas and other household junk items, we can also collect from businesses.
We also buy non Ferrous Metals from Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas.
BEIJING: Chinese authorities will start accepting applications for licences to import unspecified quantities of soon-to-be-restricted types of scrap metal from late May, the recycling branch of the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association said.
China, the world's top metals consumer, has been clamping down on scrap imports as part of a campaign against foreign solid waste, leaving overseas scrap exporters scrambling to find other markets.
Imports of low-grade copper scrap such as coiled cable and waste motors - known as 'Category 7' - have been banned since the start of 2019. The government said in December that imports of eight further kinds of scrap, including high-grade scrap copper known as 'Category 6', as well as types of aluminium and steel scrap, would be restricted from July 1.
Provincial units of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment can start collecting applications for import licences for these eight items from late May, the recycling association said in a statement after an industry meeting in the eastern city of Ningbo on Friday.
From July 1, the ministry itself will formally accept and approve import licence applications, it added, without disclosing the total tonnage quota available.
China, which has slapped tariffs on scrap from the United States in a tit-for-tat trade row, imported 5.34 million tonnes of scrap metal in 2018, down a third from 2017, according to customs data.
The crackdown has left Chinese buyers, including manufacturers who blend scrap metal into their products, facing shortages.
However, while reiterating China's goal of achieving basically zero imports of solid waste by the end of 2020, the association said it would work with relevant departments to create a new set of national standards on recycled copper, aluminium and other raw materials.
Stolen Catalytic Converters are a big problem at the moment, They are being stolen from vehicles due to the high value precious metals inside, this is not just a big problem in the UK this is also happening in Mainland Europe and the United States.
You can now list details of what vehicle your Catalytic Converter was stolen from and the area where this happened on https://stopcatalyticconvertertheft.blogspot.com/ This can help Scrap Dealers block thieves with stolen Catalytic converters from entering their yards.
LONDON (Reuters) - Scrap accounts for a little less than a third of the global copper market but, according to Goldman Sachs, its impact on price has been “misunderstood or neglected” because of its opacity.
The Wall Street heavyweight this month published “A Primer on Copper Scrap” - a sign that this previously hidden component of the supply chain is assuming ever-greater significance.
That’s down to China, the world’s largest buyer and processor of copper scrap, or “solid waste” as it is officially classified in China.
The terminology is important, since copper scrap has been caught up in a broader campaign against “foreign garbage”, a catch-all description that encompasses everything from used plastic to paper and textiles.
China’s steady tightening of its “solid waste” import regulations has already upended global flows of copper scrap.
Further upheaval is coming as Beijing drives towards a stated goal of zero “waste” imports. Unless, that is, China’s policymakers can be persuaded that scrap isn’t waste.
RECONFIGURING THE SUPPLY CHAIN
China last year banned the import of what it calls Category 7 copper scrap, typically lower-grade material such as radiators and engine motors that need to be physically dismantled before the metal can be extracted.
Import volumes plunged to 2.4 million tonnes from 3.6 million tonnes in 2017, though a rise in implied purity levels, calculated from the dollar value of scrap imports, translated into a smaller hit in terms of contained copper.
Shipments from low-grade scrap suppliers such as the Philippines almost disappeared. The country was the sixth-largest source of China’s copper scrap imports in 2017. Last year it was 18th.
The trend has accelerated in the first two months of this year, with gross import volumes sliding another 27 percent and implied purity levels rising further.
Malaysia has emerged as this year’s top supplier of scrap to the Chinese market, attesting to how international trade flows are being reconfigured.
China’s top copper scrap source has historically been the United States, which has shipped both high-quality and lower-grade material, the latter via Hong Kong.
However, the combination of the Category 7 ban and retaliatory tariffs on U.S. copper scrap saw shipments to China implode from 688,000 tonnes in 2017 to 275,000 tonnes last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Exports to Malaysia, by contrast, mushroomed from only 5,600 tonnes in 2017 to 119,000 tonnes last year. This export flow is going to Malaysia to be dismantled so higher-quality material, so-called Category 6 scrap, can be sent to China in accordance with the new regulations.
The implied purity content of U.S. shipments to Malaysia averaged 43 percent last year. The purity of what Malaysia has shipped to China in the first two months of this year averaged 88 percent.
Malaysia seems to be hub of the off-shore purification business, but higher-volume U.S. exports to other Asian countries, such as Thailand and Taiwan, suggest it is not the only emerging transhipment point for scrap.
NEW YEAR, NEW BAN
The scrap supply chain to China faces more disruption this year with a further clampdown on “foreign garbage”.
The Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced in December 2018 it was placing Category 6 scrap on the restricted import list from July 1 this year.
This looks like a re-run of what happened to Category 7 scrap, another tightening of the import rules pre-empting a complete ban as Beijing works towards an end-2020 goal of restricting all imports of metallic scrap below 99 percent purity.
This is a major headache for China’s domestic copper sector; both refiners who use scrap as raw material input and manufacturers who blend scrap into their products.
The goal of building a sustainable domestic scrap supply chain is laudable, but achieving it is probably several years away, leaving a short-term hole in China’s copper import picture.
A discreet lobbying campaign is building momentum within the country to try to reclassify higher-grade copper scrap as a way of removing it from the “garbage” hit-list.