The gross value of printed wiring board scrap in January 2009 was $3.68 per pound, up 5.6 percent over December 2008 numbers. The PWB value was down 16.7 percent from the same period a year ago.
This data represents the full metallic values of boards over time and are not the recycling values, as those values do not include the costs involved in actually extracting metal from boards, including freight, sampling charges, assay assessments, smelting, refining, process loss, return on investment, and penalties for various elements, including beryllium, bismuth and nickel.
These values are for the estimated intrinsic metal content of recovered PC boards. Some consumers label such material as mid-value. Lower-value scrap includes monitor and television boards. Higher-value scrap includes network and video cards, and motherboards.
The average value of board scrap for all of 2008 was $4.31 per pound, up 16.5 percent from 2007, though the increase can be misleading, as prices collapsed in the second half of 2008.
Source: E-Scrap News, Feb. 13th, 2009