Author: Steel Recycling Institute
Steel is a unique material because it always contains recycled steel. Each year, millions of tons of pre- and post-consumer steel products, including used steel cans, appliances, automobiles and construction materials, are recycled by North American steel mills into every ton of new steel produced.
In fact, with the exception of the earliest steel making methods, recycling has always been an integral part of the steel making process. Steel scrap is a vital ingredient in making new steel; melting the scrap to make new steel is fundamental to energy and emissions savings and resource conservation. What’s more, all new steel products made from recycled steel can be continuously recycled at the end of their useful lives. Used steel cans are recycled into part of a guard rail, which may one day be recycled into an appliance. An infrastructure of ferrous scrap processors is widely available to prepare all types of steel products for recycling. Processors prepare and ship steel scrap
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