That would be…..STEEL!
Almost 69% of all steel is recycled in North America each year, more than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined. North America’s average recycling rate has been in excess of 60% since 1970. More than 80 million tons of steel are recycled each year in North America. For every ton of steel that is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved. There are millions of tons of iron and steel which are diverted from the waste stream to the recycling stream due to steel’s magnetic properties that make it the easiest material to separate from the solid waste stream.
Did You Know? Metals can be recycled indefinitely without ever losing their properties!
Steel is unique among materials. In addition to an attractive mix of strength, quality, cost competitiveness, and adaptability,it is uniquely recyclable. It is a widely used magnetic metal. Steel cans are 99 percent steel with a thin coating of tin, though they are often called “tin cans.” Steel is made from iron ore, and is 100% recyclable. In fact, all steel products are made with recycled metal, making it the most recycled material in the world!
Steel plays a major role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. The list of steel uses is long and impressive: bridges, tools, buildings, clothing and countless other items all utilize steel in one form or another. The average anadian owns over 900kg (2000 lbs.) of steel included in a wide array of goods
- Products such as cans, the outsides of many appliances, and car fenders are made with about 30% recycled steel in a basic oxygen furnace.
- Other steel products such as steel beams and reinforcement bars used to support cement are made in an electric arc furnace with around 95-100% recycled steel.
When you buy steel, you’re almost always buying recycled.
Fast Fact: By recycling, the steel industry saves a lot of energy -……..enough to power 18 million households for a whole year!
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