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The 100% Recyclability of Steel

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Steel is a versatile construction material that is 100 percent recyclable and is also the most recycled item in the world in terms of tonnage.

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The 100% Recyclability of Steel

  1. 1. (DO NOT STRETCH IMAGE. DO NOT PIXELATE.) The 100% Recyclability of Steel
  2. 2. (DO NOT STRETCH IMAGE. DO NOT PIXELATE.) Steel is a versatile construction material that is 100 percent recyclable and is also the most recycled item in the world in terms of tonnage. Engineering construction accounts for 21 percent of steel consumption in Australia. Recycling rates are high at 80-90 percent of this material are either recycled or reused. Effects on the Climate The production of steel has an effect on the climate because of the resources needed to produce steel-based products. Steel contains carbon and iron that uses high levels of heat during its production. The electricity needed for the process consumes fossil fuels, emitting greenhouse gases and contributing to climate change. Transporting products also consume energy and fossil fuels throughout the life cycle of manufacturing – from site extraction to the facility to outlet to waste management. Recycling steel is one way to reduce its negative effects on the environment and lower greenhouse gas emission because of fossil fuel consumption.
  3. 3. (DO NOT STRETCH IMAGE. DO NOT PIXELATE.) The Process of Recycling Steel Waste management facilities use magnets to separate steel from other recyclable materials. Once segregated, handlers melt and reshape the steel before turning it into other products such as cans, bikes, paper clips or other items. Steel is a diverse and recyclable material; it would be a waste to not find a way to reuse steel-based products. Recycling has several benefits not only to the environment, but for communities as well. Environmental Benefits of Recycling Steel When companies and communities recycle steel they conserve non- renewable resources and raw materials, reduce water and air pollution caused by manufacturing plants and reduce the need for landfills. Recycle steel-based products also keep waste out of water systems, reduces the amount of waste produced, keeps soil integrity and animal habitats intact and saves energy. Reusing, reducing and recycling are the best ways to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and waste produced in any country.
  4. 4. (DO NOT STRETCH IMAGE. DO NOT PIXELATE.) Sources: http://www.rawmetalcorp.com.au/ http://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/steel-and-aluminium-factsheet.pdf http://www.earth911.com/recycling-guide/how-to-recycle-metal/

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