Brass Starting at 1.70 Per LB in Seattle Prices

November 9 2012 Brass at $1.70-2.00 per pound in prices from West Seattle Recycling.

Aluminum Cans
Under 25 lbs. $.37
Over 25 lbs. $.40
Over 100 lbs. $.43
Over 200 lbs. $.43
Aluminum Scrap
Under 25 lbs. $.35
Over 25 lbs. $.38
Over 100 lbs. $.41-.42
Irony/Dirty Scrap Alum. $.10-.15
Ext. Solids/Clips/Rims/Wheels $.40-.55
Irony Extrustion $.35-.40
Non Ferrous Metals
Copper #1 $2.75-2.95
Copper #2 $2.60-2.70
Insulated Copper Wire:
Hi Grade $2.00-2.10
Med Grade $1.20-1.30
Low Grade $.70-.80
Brass (red/yellow) $1.70-2.00
Radiators (clean) $1.15-1.75
Radiators (w/steel) $1.10-1.20
Stainless Steel (clean) $.37-.43
Lead $.20-.30
Irony Non-Ferrous $.30-.60
Car Batteries $5.00 each/$6.00 for 5 or more

Please visit their website to see specific requirements for each product.

In other news:


European sales of commodity plate are at a very low level. Poor demand and falling input costs have recently led to a sharp fall in transaction prices. Service centres are reluctant to purchase in this rapidly declining market, despite having only limited inventories. Intra-regional competition is intensifying as mills and distributors fight for the little business that is available.

In Japan, dull demand from the shipyards is likely to weaken in the near term as order books for new vessels slow. Domestic plate mills have restricted output due to poor sales at home and abroad. MEPS predicts that the 2012 outturn will fall by 5 percent, year-on-year. A similar decline is anticipated in South Korea. Requirements for ship plate are expected to deteriorate again next year as some orders have been cancelled. This fragility in the shipbuilding sector could extend for a number of years. Despite the recent hike in plate capacity, the local market is sluggish. Consequently, producers are targeting overseas clients but export business is very competitive.

The Chinese shipbuilding sector continues to struggle with a lack of new orders and cash flow difficulties. MEPS believes that plate output will decline in 2012. Taiwanese consumption is tepid. Stocks of commodity plate are reducing but there is a constant threat to local producers from attractively priced Chinese material.

Some oil and gas projects have been cancelled or postponed in Brazil. This is having a knock-on effect on the steel tube market. The long term prospects of this sector remain positive but activity has recently slowed. Shipyard activity should also receive a boost from these energy projects.

In the US, imports of plate are taking up a larger proportion of the commodity market. Domestic sales are relatively weak. Mills are investing in facilities for the production of value-added material to target high-end applications, such as defence, aircraft and energy.

Source: MEPS