Circuit board scrap prices end six-month slide

Circuit board scrap prices end six-month slide

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Across-the-board increases in metal prices produced a modest uptick in average printed wiring board scrap prices in August, to $7.52 per pound.

The August average price was 2 percent higher than July, although year-over-year, the average price is still 11.3 percent lower than August 2011. The most recent upward swing in average prices reversed a six-month trend of month-to-month declines in scrap circuit board average prices, but to date, average prices are still down 3.4 percent since the start of the year.

This data represents the full metallic values of boards over time and are not the recycling values, as those values do not include the costs involved in actually extracting metal from boards, including freight, sampling charges, assay assessments, smelting, refining, process loss, return on investment, and penalties for various elements, including beryllium, bismuth and nickel.

These values are for the estimated intrinsic metal content of recovered PC boards. Some consumers label such material as mid-value. Lower-value scrap includes monitor and television boards. Higher-value scrap includes network and video cards, and motherboards.

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