Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Domestic Fridge Freezer Waste Disposal Information

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.

picture of a dumped fridge freezer

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.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Waste Clearance and Scrap Metal Collection Service in Milton Keynes

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.

waste collection van

We also buy non Ferrous Metals from Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas.
scrap copper collection van
open on sundays

Sunday, 21 April 2019

China to accept applications for restricted scrap metal imports from late May

The crackdown has left Chinese buyers, including manufacturers who blend scrap metal into their products, facing shortages.
The crackdown has left Chinese buyers, including manufacturers who blend scrap metal into their products, facing shortages.
By Tom Daly

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.

Once released, imports of recycled copper and aluminium that meet these standards will be handled as general raw materials rather than solid waste, "ensuring that high-quality metal raw materials can enter the domestic market" and make up for shortages, the association said. 


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Friday, 12 April 2019

How China is upending copper scrap and why it matters

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.


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.


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.

Monday, 8 April 2019

More working days, profit recovery improve operations across secondary lead smelters

Operations across secondary lead smelters in China are likely to sharply expand from a month ago in March, without public holidays disrupting production and as a rebound in lead prices and the return of battery scrap suppliers prompted smaller smelters to resume.

According to an SMM survey released on March 26, the average operating rate across 28 secondary lead producers with total capacity of 3.47 million mt/year is estimated to rise 23.32 percentage points from February to stand at 56.12% in March.

The survey also showed that output of secondary lead is expected to stand at 162,200 mt in March, up 67,400 mt month on month.

After more than a month after the Chinese New Year holiday, operations across secondary lead smelters with production licences have returned to normal.

Lead prices rallied at the start of March and battery scrap supplies turned sufficient after traders returning from the holiday. This prompted secondary lead smelters without production licences and with delayed restarts to resume production.

Operating rates across large producers with annual capacity of 100,000 mt and above are expected to stand at 58.27% this month, up 22.58 percentage points from a month earlier.

Hubei Jinyang is likely to recover from furnace maintenance at the end of March, which would lift output for the month. Anhui Huaxin, however, has yet to fully recover and will suspend for close to 10 days for maintenance.

Operating rates across medium-sized producers with annual capacity of 50,000-100,000 mt are estimated to climb 24.83 percentage points from February to stand at 50.12%. 

Small producers with annual capacity of less than 50,000 mt are likely to see their operating rates increase by 25.71 percentage points from a month ago to 68.57%.

Tianjin Toho began production on March 15, as expected, which would contribute to greater output for the month.