The Steel Recycling Institute

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Steel is highly recyclable, just one of the many reasons it makes a great building material.

The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) is an industry association that promotes and sustains the recycling of all steel products. It is a great information resource for finding about the solid waste industry as a whole as well as about government initiatives, business and the ways the North American steel industry is working to reduce its carbon footprint.

SRI works with steel industry professionals as well as recycling coordinators, to help facilitate a manufacturing culture focused on seeking out “previously unsought after” sources of steel, such as:  steel food containers and household items, cars, household appliances, construction and building material.

According to the SRI, steel is North America’s most recycled material, and more of it is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper – all combined!

One positive result of the SRI’s efforts is that each year, millions of tons of steel are collected through recycling programs sponsored and promoted by the organization which are then used for the production of North American steel.

The SRI is also committed to developing new steelmaking processes which will, by design, emit less CO2 than the processes that are largely used today.  Taken from the SRI’s website:

Steel is integral to a modern society that has a high quality of life. From the cars we drive, to the bridges we cross, packing the foods we eat, the appliances we use to the buildings that we live and work in. All of these steels will be recycled and re-appear as even better products ensuring a safe and secure future.”

Unlike other building materials, steel is continuously recyclable, meaning it can be used over and over again without losing integrity or performance ability.

Click here to learn more about this amazing material, and about some of its real-world applications.

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