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Tin recycling rates continue to grow

A third of tin usage now comes from recycled secondary material, according to a global survey.

ITRI, a tin industry organisation, found that recycling rates have continued to increase over the past decade and that in 2013 secondary material accounted for 32% of all global tin use.

Recycled secondary refined tin production grew to 62,600 tonnes in 2014, up from 58,000 tonnes in 2013.

World refined tin use increased by 3.5% to 361,000 tonnes in 2014 and in 2013 was 349,200 tonnes.

The annual survey was based on more than 160 tin users who represent 42% of global refined tin usage in 2013 and saw one of the highest participation rates since their work began.

It also found that tin chemicals had become the second biggest tin use sector globally with 15.6% of the market in 2014, overtaking tinplate.

Solder accounted for 49% of the global market and remained the world’s largest tin use sector.

ITRI’s materials stewardship manager, Andrew Cooper, said they were particularly encouraged to see that recycling rates within the industry remained on a positive upwards trend.

The tin sector has seen a continuous fall in prices this year, with the London Metal Exchange reporting a five year low in April, with little recovery seen in the recent months.

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