Environment

Recycling steel uses 75 per cent less energy – that’s just one reason why it’s so eco-friendly

The recycling of steel is not only cheaper than mining ore, but helps to conserve the world’s precious natural resources, has a significantly lower impact on the environment and leaves the surface of the earth untouched so that future generations can play.

By utilising used, end-of-life, discarded finished goods such as cars, washing machines, manufacturing off-cuts, fridges, computers, and recycling them to a new finished product sounds great doesn’t it? It’s a no-brainer. Well that’s the space we are in and why we are excited and very proud of it. Recover, recycle and reuse – all this done without digging into the earth’s surface or shifting parts of our precious planet to other countries.

We clean up what society and industry throws out and then we process it into a form which can be recycled and then re-used.

Call it Alchemy if you like but there’s no magic involved.

Recycling, compared to extracting ore from the ground, significantly reduces CO2 emissions, air/water pollution, and energy and water consumption. Recycling steel uses about 75% less energy than Iron ore steelmaking, 60% less CO2 emissions, 90 per cent less virgin materials and 40 per cent less water. If that’s not enough steel recycling results in about 75% fewer water pollutants, 85% fewer air pollutants and 97 per cent less mining waste!

The use of scrap metal has become an integral part of the modern steelmaking industry, with almost one third of new steel produced using recycled steel. It is the most recycled material on the planet and can be recycled time after time with no reduction in quality.

Commonly Recycled Items

  • Scrap from industrial processes
  • Containers
  • Vehicles
  • Appliances
  • Industrial machinery
  • Construction materials

Consumer goods make a significant contribution with about 92.5 per cent of cars, 90 per cent of appliances and the 72 per cent of steel packaging being recycled.

Products Made of Recycled Steel

  • Construction materials for roads
  • Railways
  • Buildings
  • Electrical appliances
  • Cans
  • Hardware and cars

Steel automobile frames contain at least 25 per cent recycled steel and a typical electrical appliance will usually be made of 75 per cent recycled steel. Steel cans consist of at least 25 per cent recycled steel.

Nortrade International is committed to environmental sustainability, and uses state-of-the-art technologies and industry understanding to ensure efficient and eco-friendly processes

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