Drivers of copper scrap collection and use

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In this Insight we discuss and explain the key drivers of scrap collection and use, with use defined as consumption of scrap either at a semis producer or in the production of cathode.  Scrap's share of the copper market has remained relatively constant over time at 35-40% of total consumption of metal, despite record high copper prices and increased recycling legislation.  The largest contributor is known as direct use scrap, whereby semis mills either supplement their cathode requirements...

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  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Trends in use of scrap
  • Trends in scrap collection
  • Drivers of generation and collection

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This report includes 6 images and tables including:


  • Scrap and its share of total copper consumption
  • Copper scrap use by region - (kt)
  • Copper scrap collection by region - (kt)
  • Regional scrap trade flows
  • Actual and modelled scrap collection - (kt)
  • Drivers of scrap collection

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