July 18, 2012 by Steeler
Everybody knows that recycling and being green are great ideas for our planet. However, not many people know how great recycling really is, especially when it comes to recycling steel. Steel is a great invention and has changed everyday life on this planet. You can barely go a minute without using something that is made of steel or has a part of steel in it. You drive to work in a steel car, drive across a steel bridge, have your lunch out of a steel can, and sleep on a steel framed bed. When you are done using the steel object, it is very important that you recycle that steel part instead of throwing it away. Recycling steel saves not only the metal itself but also energy, raw minerals, and recycling creates jobs.
Help the American Recovery by Recycling Your Steel Today
In the United States about 85 million tons of steel are recycled every year. That is more steel being recycled than plastic! To give you a sense of how much steel Americans use, in the United States 100 million steel cans are used everyday. That is about 1 can of steel for every 3 people a day! The steel industry has been recycling steel for over 150 years, so we know how to make it efficient. Thanks to recycling, the amount of energy saved every year can power 18 million households a year. It reduces the amount of power needed by 75%.
There are also many other reasons why recycling steel is such a great idea. The recycling industry supports over 85,000 jobs and creates approximately $85 billion in revenue every year. Recycling also cuts down on the raw materials need to produce new steel. One ton of recycled steel saves about 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. This does not take into account the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced gathering these minerals. Steel products that are making their way into the construction field are also great for the environment. If you have a steel framed house, the equivalent in wood would be about 40 trees! Making steel recycling a priority only makes sense!
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