17 Dec '12, 4pm

Steel Recycling Rates at All-Time High

Steel Recycling Rates at All-Time High

The recycling rate for steel has reached an all-time high of 92 percent, according to a recent announcement from the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI), an industry association that promotes the recycling of all steel products. In 2011, more than 85 million tons of steel was recycled. This represents an increase of nearly 10 million net tons from the previous year. Steel is the most recycled material in North America , with more steel recycled every year than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined. According to the SRI, the recycling rate for steel packaging is at 70.8 percent, also the highest it has ever been. Automobile recycling rates are at 94.5 percent, and appliance recycling remains stable at 90 percent. Construction also remains steady, with a recycling rate of 98 percent for construction plates and beams, and 70 percent for construction rebar. The steel industr...

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