Steel is the most recycled material in the United States and worldwide. According to the ISRI, the United States produced 73 million tons of ferrous scrap in 2014 and recycled ferrous scrap accounted for more than 60% of the total raw steel output. Using scrap in the production of iron and steel reduces CO2 emissions by 60% and requires 58% less energy than producing steel from iron ore.
Recycling is Good for the Environment
Non Ferrous Scrap
Nonferrous metals such as copper, aluminum, lead, and many others do not degrade or loose their properties in the recycling process. As a result nonferrous metals can be recycled an infinite number of times. One third of the US copper supply comes from recycled copper and copper alloy scrap. The energy saved using aluminum scrap vs. virgin materials is up to 92%. In 2013 the energy saved from recycling aluminum beverage cans could fuel more than 1 million cars on the road for a full year.