Metals can be recycled repeatedly without altering their properties. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel is the most recycled material on the planet. The other highly recycled metals include aluminium, copper, silver, brass, and gold. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet, more than all other materials combined. Steel retains an extremely high overall recycling rate, which in 2014,
stood at 86%. The amazing metallurgical properties of steel allow it to be recycled continually with no degradation in performance, and from one product to another. It is also energy efficient metal for the production of cans! These properties make steel the ideal packaging material for all types of food, drinks, aerosols and pet food, and for many household and industrial products.
Even while two out of every three tons of new steel are produced from old steel, it is still necessary to continue to use some quantities of virgin materials. This is true because many steel products remain in service as durable goods for decades at a time and demand for steel around the world continues to grow. Beyond the steel scrap itself, the steel industry has long recycled its by-products: mill scale, steelmaking slags, water and processing liquids. Likewise, steelmaking dusts and sludges are processed so that other metals, such as zinc, can be recovered and reused.
Steel is the engine that drives the recycling of many consumer goods, as can be seen by the 95 percent recycling rate of automobiles, the 88 percent recycling
rate of appliances and the 70 percent recycling rate of steel packaging. Use of scrap steel saves upto 74 percent of the energy needed to make steel from virgin materials.
Why Do We Recycle Metals?
Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled again and again without degrading their properties. Scrap metal has value, which motivates people to collect it for sale to recycling operations.
In addition to a financial incentive, there is also an environmental imperative. The recycling of metals enables us to preserve natural resources
while requiring less energy to process than the manufacture of new products using virgin raw materials. Recycling emits less carbon dioxide and otherharmful gasses. More importantly, it saves money and allows manufacturing businesses to reduce their production cost. Recycling also creates jobs.
Quick Metal Recycling Facts-
Although almost every kind of metal can be recycled again and again, without degradation of their properties. Below are some additional facts:
- Nearly 40 percent of worldwide steel production is made using recycled steel.
- Around 42 percent of crude steel in the United States is made of recycled materials.
- Steel and iron are the most recycled materials in the world due in part to the opportunity to recover large structures as well as the ease of reprocessing. The use of magnets in the sorting process enables recyclers to easily separate them from the mixed waste stream.
- Every year, around 400 million tons of metal are recycled worldwide.