The steel industry recycled nearly 68% of steel scrap from recycled cans, automobiles, appliances, construction material, and other steel products in 2001. Some communities even recycle empty aerosol cans.
Recovered steel is remelted and used to produce new steel products. A minimum of 25% recycled steel goes in to packaging, car bodies, appliances, and steel framing. Products such as railroad ties and bridge spans use virtually 100% recycled steel.
- Cans - 60% of steel cans were recycled in 2003. Steel cans can be recycled in more than 20,000 locations across the country.
- Appliances - In 2003, 89.7% of steel from appliances were recycled at nearly 12,000 appliance recycling locations in the U.S.
- Automobiles - More than 13.5 million cars were recycled in 2003, a little more than the number of new cars produced.
- Construction - It is estimated that 60% of all steel used to reinforce buildings and 96% of structural beams and plates are recycled.
Learn more from the Steel Recycling Institute.