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Steel: The Ultimate Recyclable Material for a Sustainable Future


Steel is a versatile material that is used widely around the world due to its durability, longevity, and adaptability. However, one of its most significant benefits is its ability to be recycled.

Steel is the most recycled material on the planet, with around 70% of all steel produced globally being repurposed[1].

But why is steel recycling so important? First, steel is a durable material that can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality or strength. It can be melted down and repurposed to contribute to generation of new goods using fewer virgin materials.

Secondly, steel recycling is an environmentally friendly process that can help to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources.

Production of virgin steel requires significant energy and raw materials, such as iron ore and coal.  The inclusion of recycled steel reduces the energy consumption and level of base raw resources, helping to reduce carbon emissions and preserve natural resources.

Steel recycling is a critical component of the circular economy, which aims to establish a closed-loop system in which resources are repurposed and waste is minimised.

By recycling steel, we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, while also reducing the need for the level of extraction of virgin materials.

Steel recycling is also relatively simple via steel waste collection points from a range of areas including building and demolition sites, as well as industrial centres. Once collected, the steel is stripped, shredded, and melted down to be part of the process to make new steel goods.

In summary, steel is the ultimate recyclable material for a sustainable future. It is a durable material, an eco-friendly process, and a crucial component of the circular economy, and simple and affordable to recycle.

Orrcon Steel recognises the importance of steel recycling and is committed to playing their part in creating a more sustainable future for generations to come.


[1] World Steel Association. (2023, March 3). Steel Core Green Economy. worldsteel.org. Retrieved April 28, 2023, from https://worldsteel.org/about-steel/steel-industry-facts/steel-core-green-economy/#:~:text=Steel%20is%20the%20most%20recycled,%2C%20tidal%2C%20geothermal%20and%20wind.


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