Steel is the most recycled material in the world, and this is largely due to its ability to retain its incredible performance throughout the process. Out of every three tons of new steel, two tons are produced from old steel, with 95% of automobiles being recycled, along with 88% of appliances and 70% of packaging. In this blog, we take a look at what steel recycling is and the benefits that come from this process.
What is Steel Recycling?
Steel recycling is the process of converting used steel into new steel that can then be reused. There are many well-established and efficient infrastructures across Europe that have helped ensure that 79.5% of all steel packaging is recycled; this is hoped to be at 80% by 2020. 100% of steel is recyclable, and it is energy efficient; therefore, it is used for most steel packaging, e.g. cans, aerosols and pet food.
Benefits of Recycling Steel
Good for The Environment
Recycling steel is hugely beneficial to the environment as it requires 56% less energy than producing steel from iron ore. Furthermore, it also reduces CO2 emissions by up to 58%, which is essential for stopping the detrimental effects of climate change.
Beneficial for The Economy
Steel recycling creates 36% more jobs than incinerating the material would. For example, a report from ‘Friends of the Earth’ stated that at least 50,000 new jobs would be created in the UK by 2025 if the country reaches its target of recycling 70% of its waste. Furthermore, in America, the recycling industry generates $236 billion annually and employs more than a million workers.
Conserving Natural Resources
By recycling steel, it saves natural resources which are required to make new steel and this, in turn, means that the resources can be used to power things such as homes or vehicles. Recycling steel reduces the amount of risky, expensive mining and extraction of new metal ore; this process is also damaging to the environment.
Reduces Landfill Waste
If steel is recycled, fewer amounts of scrap metal will be taken to a landfill and remain there for many years; instead, they can be reused in many different forms. Furthermore, landfills damage the soil and water with toxins and produce harmful gases, so it is in our best interest to use them as little as possible.
Here at ANY Weld, we are advocates for steel recycling and believe it is essential we all do our bit to protect our environment and slow global warming. As specialists in steel and glasswork, we work on projects from individual home installations to large-scale industrial developments all across the UK. If you are interested in our services, including steel fabrication in Devon, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Drop us an email at [email protected] or head over to our social media channels; tweet us @ANY_weld or visit our Facebook Page.