Obsolete scrap as key resource in scrap market
During 1992-2002, actual obsolete scrap collection in Russia was smaller than its generation.
The situation changed drastically later though: in the context of strengthening domestic and foreign demand combined with rising prices, over 2004-2008 scrap suppliers managed to collect 10 mt more obsolete scrap than there was generated in the period. This means that in fact they collected the scrap generated in the preceding decade.
Statistics on obsolete scrap collection in Russia in 2010-2012 show the same: amid post-crisis growth of steel production and scrap consumption, suppliers could not collect more obsolete scrap than there was generated.
Obsolete scrap in Russia is mainly sourced from the Central and Volga Federal Districts.
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