Steel recycling locator: http://www.recycle-steel.org/
- Steel is a unique material because new steel almost always contains recycled steel content. Each year, millions of tons of pre- and post-consumer steel products, including used steel cans, appliances, automobiles and construction materials, are recycled by steel mills and used to produce new steel.1
- The steel industry has been actively recycling for more than 150 years, in large part because it is economically advantageous to do so. It is cheaper to recycle steel than to mine iron ore and manipulate it through the production process to form new steel. Steel does not lose any of its inherent physical properties during the recycling process, and has drastically reduced energy and material requirements compared with refinement of iron ore. The energy saved by recycling reduces the annual energy consumption of the industry by about 75%, which is enough to power eighteen million homes for one year.2
- More steel is recycled each year than all other materials combined. Two out of every three pounds of new steel are produced from old steel.3
When recycling the steel components of BBF products, disassemble all products and their individual parts as completely as possible, gather all metal pieces and then take them to a scrap metal dealer that will recycle the metal and, ultimately, ship raw steel back to mills for re-use.