In 2016, Sedona Recycles recycled 96 tons of steel, saving:
239,850 pounds of iron ore
134,400 pounds of coal
11,495 pounds of limestone
Where it goes: Yavapai Metal Recycling – Dewey, AZ
What it becomes: piping, rebar, etc.
Steel Recycling Facts
- Recycling steel and tin cans saves 74% of the energy used to produce them from scratch.
- Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.
- In 2007, Americans recycled 65% of their steel cans – an all-time high.
- Americans throw out enough iron and steel to supply all the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis.
- A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution, and mining wastes by about 70%.
- Steel can be recycled forever without degrading in quality.
- The steel industry’s annual recycling saves the equivalent energy to electrically power about 18 million households for a year.
- Every time a ton of steel is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone are preserved.
- Every day Americans use enough steel and tin cans to make a steel pipe running from Los Angeles to New York and back.
- If we recycle only one-tenth of the cans we now throw away, we would save about 3.2 billion of them every year.
- The average American throws out about 61 pounds of tin cans every month.
- About 70% of all metal is used just once and discarded. The remaining 30% is recycled. After five cycles, one-fourth of 1% of the metal remains in circulation.