Each year, more steel is recycled in the US than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass combined.
The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products. The SRI educates the solid waste industry, government, business and ultimately the consumer about the benefits of steel's infinite recycling cycle.
Steel is North America's most recycled material. More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined. This is because steel scrap is an essential raw material in making new steel.
SRI works with recycling coordinators, scrap processors and steel companies to cultivate an infrastructure for recycling steel cans, cars, appliances and construction materials as well as emerging sources of steel scrap such as steel aerosol cans, used oil filters and other previously untapped sources of steel scrap.
As a result, each year millions of tons of steel are collected through recycling programs to be consumed by steelmaking furnaces throughout North America. This use of steel scrap to make new steel conserves energy, reduces emissions and conserves natural resources.
A life cycle inventory (LCI) study has been carried out by the World Steel Association (worldsteel) to quantify resource use, energy consumption, and environmental emissions associated with steel products. LCI data is used in life cycle assessments (LCAs) to benchmark performance, identify product improvement opportunities, address legislative and standards-based requirements, and assess competing materials. Through visiting the link below, you may request access to LCI data for products specific to the North American steel industry.
North American Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Data Request Form
Estimated Tons Recycled By Material Since January 1, 2015
1/21/2015 - The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) announced the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Summit to be held May 12 – 13, 2015, at the University of Maryland in ...
10/19/2014 - New role will position the organization to take a lead role in steel sustainability in North America.
10/13/2014 - Each year the Steel Recycling Institute tracks and reports the recycling rates for steel, the material, and common steel products.