Circuit board scrap value is down from $7.98 in January to $6.52, as recorded last month.
The electronics recycling industry is one of the most lucrative recycling industries today. However, circuit boards have not been so lucky recently. Labeled as mid-level scrap, the value of circuit boards has been on a constant decline every month since the beginning of the year.
The way these numbers are contrived is by measuring the value of commodity metals (copper, gold, silver, etc.) proportionally weighted to their share in each pound of scrap circuit boards.
According to Digital Journal, “because not all products have been sold from this recent restocking surge, the inventory is expected to satisfy some anticipated consumer demand for industry products in 2013. As a result, retailers and wholesalers will make fewer purchases from manufacturers during the year.”
It has been predicted that as more everyday items incorporate advanced technology, the mid-level e-scrap sector will see a strong growth in the next five years.
Electronics recyclers are hopeful circuit boards will get out of the rut they are stuck in.