Author: Steel Recycling Institute
Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product. Used cars, vehicle trades and cars used to the end-of-life, all eventually end up being recycled. 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. Each year, the steel industry recycles more than 14 million tons of steel from cars that are
no longer fit for the road. This is equivalent to nearly 14 million new cars. When comparing the amount of steel recycled from automobiles each year to the amount of steel used to produce new automobiles that same year, automobiles maintain a recycling rate of nearly 100 percent. By weight, the typical passenger car consists of about 60 percent steel and iron. The steel used to make the shell of your car, including the doors, hood, trunk and quarter panels, contains a minimum of 25 percent recycled content.
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