Sure, there are tons of environmental benefits to recycling scrap metal. Over 70 million tons to be exact. That’s the amount of scrap recycled in the USA every year. But we think the true measure of our own environmental commitment is how we go about recycling this precious metal in the first place. How we’re continually improving our electrical and mechanical efficiencies and developing better separation processes to extract every ounce of metal in the recycling process. And how we are reducing the volume of materials sent to landfills.
We’re always looking for new ways to make our environmentally friendly steel even friendlier. Like having all our recycling facilities adopt a source control program to ensure that all “convenience” light switches – which may contain mercury - are removed prior to receipt of automobiles for shredding. We also support the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP). This partnership between steelmakers, scrap suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is dedicated to removing and recovering mercury light switches from older model cars before they enter the scrap supply stream.
Over 70 million tons of scrap are recycled in the U.S. annually.
2 out of 3 pounds of steel made in the U.S. is manufactured using ferrous scrap.
Recycling 1 ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
Recycling 1 ton of aluminum conserves more than 5 metric tons of bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours of electricity.
These energy savings translate into:
Millions of tons of reduced greenhouse gas emissions due to significantly less energy needed to manufacture products from recyclables versus virgin materials…and avoiding landfill use.
Substantial reductions in environmental impacts from mining.
Cleaner streams and rivers thanks to reduced pollutants discharged from both ferrous and nonferrous manufacturing mills.