By the numbers

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A look at regional or national pricing figures for some of the most commonly produced C&D materials.

February 19, 2014


// Scrap Iron RMDAS
No. 1 Heavy Melt Steel Pricing
(Per Gross Ton for No. 1 HMS scrap)

Reported United States aggregated spot market prices per gross ton shown for each commodity are based on all Management Science Associates’ (MSA) Raw Material Data Aggregation Service (RMDAS) participants’ actual order data submitted to and processed by MSA as of the 20th of each respective “buy month,” rounded to the whole integer. A map of RMDAS regions is available at, as is a further explanation of RMDAS methodology and an accompanying disclaimer.

No. 1 HMS defined as prepared obsolete scrap, 5 feet long and under. Additional pricing information on each grade can be found at

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// Stone and Aggregate Pricing
Construction Sand, Gravel­ and Crushed Stone
(Bureau of Labor Statistics Price Index*)

Dec 2012 273.9
Jan. 2013 275.8
Feb. 2013 276.5
March 2013 277.8
April 2013 276.3
May 2013 279.0
June 2013 278.1
July 2013 277.8
Aug. 2013 278.4
Sept. 2013 273.0
Oct. 2013 272.9
Nov. 2013 271.2
Dec. 2013 280.8

*Index is based on 1982 average price as 100
Source: U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics


Wood fiber costs, which make up about 60 percent of pulp manufacturing costs for hardwood pulp producers, have fallen 17 percent in two years, and in the third quarter of 2013 the costs were the lowest they have been since 2009. (Source: Wood Resource Quarterly)