Scrap circuit board prices fall again

Scrap circuit board prices fall again

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The value of commodities found in scrap circuit boards took a tumble in February – down 17-cents per pound from the January average price.

Overall, the monthly average price of the scrap circuit board index has been in a slow decline since July of last year. The current 2.1 percent monthly decline in value over January resulted from across-the-board drops in the commodity prices of metals used to calculate the index. The February numbers represent a 2.5 percent decline from its value at the same time last 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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