YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT THE PRICE OF SCRAP METAL HAS RISEN DRAMATICALLY THIS YEAR. EVER WONDERED WHY?
WHY ARE SCRAP METAL PRICES SO HIGH?
Well as we all know the Coronavirus pandemic forced ports to close, slowing down international exports. Producers of nonessential goods like scrap metal immediately felt the hit. The pandemic also halted the production of materials and processes necessary to generate scrap material, such as semiconductors and automotive supply chains
The outlook for 2021 has improved significantly as scrap market conditions, driven in part by constrained supply chains and rising prices, have seen a dramatic turnaround.
HOW ARE SCRAP METAL PRICES DETERMINED?
Understanding the processes involved when it comes to marketing your scrap metal is very crucial. The first important factor to put into consideration is transportation. Although if the scrap metal is a small volume around the house then you may not have problem with transportation; but if you own a firm or business that is into frequent production of scrap mental in large quantity, then the options for transporting the scraps need to be considered.
There are two best options which are: you can have the scrap yard collect it and as well sell the scrap on your behalf or you may contract a scrap haulage company. The most cost-effective and simplest is to deal directly with the scrap yard instead of reaching out to third-party haulage company to collect it for you. This is where we come in!
This is a factor that guarantees making money with selling scrap – selecting the right metals to search for. Obviously precious metals like silver and gold command the highest prices but Copper and brass are common metals that are also selling at high prices.
Another factor that needs to be considered is where to sell the scrap metal. Scrap yards have similar price tags and they accept most metals. The best option for a lot of people will be to visit the closest scrap yard or larger recycling facility.
UK SCRAP METAL PRICES BY CITY
Did you know that Scrap Metal prices in the UK change between cities as they are dependent on local demand and supply. It’s expensive to transport large scale quantities of metal, and so your local market is usually your best bet to get the best valuation for your metal.
WHO’S BUYING YOUR SCRAP METAL?
Mainly dealers, who are required to be licensed and registered in order to trade scrap metal. Search the register of scrap metal dealers to be certain you are trading with a legal entity – or ask for their licence number, as dealers tend to be mobile and their addresses can be unreliable.
Dealers in your local area will determine the price of scrap metal you will receive, and in the UK this price will be calculated as a £ per kg in most cases, except where catalytic converters are involved or in some other unique scrap metal cases.
They will determine their daily prices on a multitude of factors: a. Local Demand and Supply b. Market Trading Prices for the Metals c. If they have treatment facilities for the metal d. Specialisation e. Their own judgement
LET’S BREAK DOWN THESE FACTORS AFFECTING SCRAP METAL PRICES HERE:
A. LOCAL DEMAND AND SUPPLY Market forces will affect the prices of scrap metals on a local basis (by UK city or nationally). This might be impacted by seasonality, export/import tariffs. For example, there is likely to be a higher demand for local scrap metal due to increased import costs caused by Brexit. However, Sterling has weakened against the Dollar and the Euro, which has negatively impacted export prices
B. MARKET TRADING PRICES FOR METALS Commodities trading includes the trading of metals which are closely tied to commons crap metal sources. The LME is the international hub for industrial metal trading and you can check the daily metal price updates. This is a great way to understand the specific changes in scrap metal prices in the UK and globally
C. TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR THE SCRAP METALS Some cities have a higher proportion of dealers with treatment facilities in-house. This means reduced travel of scrap metal, which drives down costs and increases prices. Treatment facilities include sorting, crushing, cutting, shearing and baling
D. SPECIALISATION Different scrap metal dealers focus on different scrap metal materials. One dealer might concentrate on aluminium as they have buyers in Europe with a specific need, whilst another might only purchase aluminium cans. The more your scrap metal matches their specialisation, the higher the price you will get for your scrap metal in the UK!
E. THEIR OWN JUDGEMENT Every scrap metal dealer applies their own judgement as to where they believe scrap metal prices in the UK, and globally, will head.
Whatever you’ve got hanging around and regardless how much, we’re the people to call. Our prices are extremely competitive and our service second to none.
WHEN YOU THINK OF A HGV DRIVER YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FOR USUALLY THINKING OF A MAN. HOWEVER THIS ROLE IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND WE HAVE TO SAY SOME OF OUR BEST DRIVERS ARE GIRLS!
We’ve actively promoted sexual equality in the work place for years and think its great that more and more women are taking an interest in the role.
We’ve had people join us from other companies and we’ve also trained from within the company and they’ve been amazing!
The HGV driver crisis seems to have hit the headlines in a big way. We’re fortunate enough to have some amazing drivers (both male and female) but we have to admit we’ve found it more difficult to recruit over the last year.
As the general perceptions of a truck driver slowly change, people are starting to realise that female HGV drivers can do the job just as well as men, if not even better.
The industry stats for female drivers currently stands at around 2% but this is changing as more enter the sector.
In the past 10 years or so the standard and comfort of the trucks have improved with better beds, mod cons and home comforts. There are also many less manual HGV roles that don’t need someone of strength to do the job well.
All these factors and the perceptions of female HGV drivers are changing all the time and here at EMS we hope that trend continues!
So why has it become so difficult to find decent qualified drivers?
The pandemic also created a large backlog in HGV driver tests, so it’s been impossible to get enough new drivers up and running.
The industry warned the prime minister in June that there were 25,000 fewer candidates passing their test in 2020 than in 2019.
SO WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT THE SHORTAGES?
As well as allowing more foreign workers into the UK from October, Ministry of Defence examiners will be brought in to increase the number of HGV driving tests.
There will be free intensive ‘boot camps’ to train 3,000 people to become HGV drivers, with another 1,000 to be trained through courses funded by the adult education budget.
The government is also writing to nearly one million drivers who hold an HGV licence to encourage them to return to the industry.
It has also slightly relaxed the Drivers’ Hours rules, which means drivers will be able to increase their daily driving limit from nine hours to 11 hours twice a week.
A government spokesperson said longer journeys “must only be used where necessary and must not compromise driver safety”.
And there is £7,000 per person funding for the Large Goods Vehicle Driver apprenticeship scheme.
THERE IS SO MUCH PRESS RELATING TO THIS WE COULD GO ON FOR AGES!
HOWEVER ONE GOOD THING POTENTIALLY THAT WILL COME FROM THIS IS THE SURGE IN INTEREST FROM WOMEN DRIVERS!
We like to think we’re forward thinking in our approach to recruitment and hopefully this driver shortage will encourage more female drivers to look for a change of career.
We’d love to hear from anyone (male or female) looking to return to HGV work or even a new challenge.
Get in contact and we’d be happy to discuss any possible vacancies we may have.
WHAT CAN WE SAY…WE’RE SUCKERS FOR NEW TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT AND THE LATEST ADDITION DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!
The new Middleton Baler to join our already impressive collection is an absolute beauty and will make life a lot easier and much more productive. Purchased from Middleton Engineering in Glastonbury, another family run company.
We pride ourselves on trying to keep business as local as possible and contribute to our own economy.
A BIT ABOUT MIDDLETON ENGINEERING
Middleton Engineering are a unique company that specialises in the waste recycling industry. They understand the demands of the industry are always looking for ways to improve waste baling solutions. Their clients include local authorities, major UK supermarkets and leading distribution centres.
Everything that they make is produced here under one roof. Their design engineers use the latest 3D design software, they have a CNC machining department, large fabrication facilities, service workshops and an extensive storage department housing over 20,000 spare parts for a full range of recycling equipment including their specially designed hydraulic cylinders.
They handle a wide range of projects, ranging from simple refurbishments and service contracts to large scale turnkey installations.
In 2015, Middleton Engineering celebrated 40 years of business. They have a reputation for quality of work, excellent service and design innovation, which has established Middleton Engineering as a major supplying force within the industry, both nationally and worldwide.
Their highly skilled management team and service engineers work in partnership with their clients to ensure projects are completed within the agreed programme, to the highest standards.
AS YOU KNOW AT EMS WE ARE DEDICATED TO ZERO TO LANDFILL AND THIS NEW BALER WILL CERTAINLY BE A BIG HELP IN ACHIEVING THIS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF OUR SERVICES GIVE US A CALL. WE’RE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP.
IT’S BEEN A HECTIC COUPLE OF MONTHS IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY AND WE’VE BEEN RUSHED OFF OUR FEET! WE’VE BEEN ACTIVELY RECRUITING TO EXPAND OUR TEAM (ESPECIALLY DRIVERS) DURING THIS TIME AND OUR NEW ADDITIONS SEEM TO HAVE FITTED IN SEAMLESSLY.
We’ve taken on three new drivers at our Paignton Bay Skips yard, a new driver for our new Middleton Baler in Exeter and we’re actively looking for new drivers to join the team in Plymouth.
We aim to continue the expansion as demands increase and are open to applications from anyone! If you think that you’d be a good fit for the company, are hard working, honest and friendly we’d like to hear from you.
Here at EMS we pride ourselves on our intensive recruitment procedure. We are completely committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
We’re committed to making EMS a fair, safe and enjoyable place to work. A place where everyone feels valued and our employees all have equal access to the opportunities our company offers.
Equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good practice, it also makes sound business sense. Our equal opportunities policy will help all those who work for us to develop their full potential. By utilising their talents and resources it can only benefit the efficiency of the company.
We’ve found that being an equal opportunities employer also helps us to attract the best talent available when recruiting staff. We believe this is part of the reason we have such a great team!
A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS
EMS Waste Services is a family run business with family values running through the Company from Director to Operator, focusing heavily on service, image and customer commitment.
We’re one of the premier Waste Management companies in the country, serving customers throughout the Exeter and Devon regions. We offer a range of skips for hire that are suitable for all manner of waste. We can help you with everything from garden and general household waste to specialist waste removal, such as asbestos.
Our friendly and professional team has over two decades of industry experience, allowing us to provide you with the best possible customer service. We can assist with the provision of permits for roadside skips to make your experience with us as stress-free as possible.
EMS have over two decades of experience. Our reputation speaks for itself and our continued expansion means we are constantly striving to recycle every kind of waste possible.
So if you think we’re the type of company you’d like to work for give us a call. We’re always on the lookout for more quality individuals to join our team.
With over 30 years of experience and one of the largest Skip and waste management companies in Devon its no surprise we have a bank of satisfied customers.
EMS are the first choice for all your domestic or commercial waste removal requirements and we benefit from an unrivaled level of service.
Our skip hire services cover the whole of Devon, part of Cornwall and Somerset and are part of a definitive waste disposal package that extends across all locations.
We have a great reputation based on our extensive experience and can assist with all aspects of waste management and recycling. We can even help with organising permits from your local authority, and offer expert advice on getting the most from the capacities of our skips. We are licensed waste carriers with an outstanding reputation built on trust, reliability and strong business ethics.
Our family run business prides itself on the level of service we offer and the measures we take for ongoing improvements. Our name is synonymous with professional skip hire but we never let the size of our company or our reputation change the way we approach waste management.
We strongly believe that it’s important to build great relationships with customers and clients, whilst maintaining competitive prices on our skips. All of these things combined is what has our customers returning to use us for skip hire on a repeat basis.
Domestic Skip Hire
Our Domestic skip hire service offers our customers a fast and convenient waste disposal solution. Even if you’ve never hired a skip before its easy and you can use our services for home and garden clearances safe in the knowledge that we’ll always deliver the best advice on capacities, collections and disposals.
We understand that it can be daunting and choosing the right size of skip isn’t always easy, which is why we have a handy size guide on our website so you can compare the sizes and make an easier choice for your convenience.
If you don’t have the space for one of our skips at your home then there’s no need to panic. EMS can advise how to get a permit which then allows our domestic customers position their skip on the roadside for a limited amount of time.
NB. There are certain things you can’t put in your skip.
* Any mattresses placed in a skip or bought into the yard will be charged £20 + VAT each
* Certain types of waste CANNOT be placed in general waste skips under any circumstances.
Including the following:
There are many types of hazardous waste.
The best advice we can offer is that if you’re unsure about anything please give us a call and one of our team can help.
Commercial Skip Hire
When it comes to Commercial skip hire in the Westcountry, EMS offer an unrivaled service. We make site clearance problems easy to manage with a bespoke plan that meets all of your business requirements. We can deliver as many skips as you need to site. When you want them, where you want them and in the capacity required to do the job.
Even if you need multiple deliveries on a daily basis. We have more than a sufficient number of units available to cope with the demand. We can also make multiple daily collections if required.
From a large-scale multiple property development and factory clearances to small-scale waste product from local traders, we collect and dispose of your unwanted waste materials in the most environmentally responsible way possible. We pride ourselves on recycling over 95% of all waste collected at our in house recycling plant in Exeter.
if you would like more information about any of our services please feel free to give one of our team a call.