NEW YORK Global scrap metal exports were valued at
$124.8 billion in 2011, marking a banner year for global
scrap demand, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
said in a report.
Global ferrous scrap exports totaled 106.7 million tonnes for
the year, valued at $53.9 billion, figures compiled by ISRI
from the United Nations Comtrade Database show.
Aluminum scrap exports totaled 7.5 million tonnes globally and
were valued at $13.2 billion, while copper scrap exports
totaled 5.6 million tonnes and carried a value of $25.5
billion, ISRI said in its 2012 scrap yearbook.
Global nickel scrap exports totaled 131,000 tonnes with a value
of $751 million, while zinc scrap exports totaled 373,000
tonnes with a value of $644 million.
Lead scrap exports totaled 272,000 tonnes globally with a value
of $417 million, according to the report.
The total value of global scrap exports in 2011including
paper, glass, plastic, rubber and textile scrapwas $145.2
I would say that 2011 was a banner year for global scrap
demand. For all recycled commodities, figures from the U.N.
database show that exports increased 4 percent, or by 9 million
tonnes, to more than 200 million tonnes in 2011, ISRI
director of commodities Joe Pickard said. Given the rise
in commodity prices in 2011, global scrap exports increased
even more by value last year, climbing 24 percent higher year