Steel stats show steady state of scrap

Last year, the amount of scrap steel used to make new recycled steel remained unchanged from the previous year’s amount: 570 million tonnes.

This figure is a sample of just one of many of the statistics in the latest edition of “World Steel Recycling In Figures”, published by the Bureau of International Recycling.

Whilst the amount of scrap steel used as a raw material stayed the same worldwide, the proportion used in the production of steel actually fell from 37.3% to 36.8%. This is because there was a 1.2% increase in crude steel output.

In Europe – as in China, Japan and Russia – there was a decrease in the amount of scrap steel used, but an increase was recorded in Turkey and the USA. European exports rose by 2.1% within the 27 EU countries, reaching 19.2 million tonnes.

Over a quarter of the world’s steel scrap trade – 106.6 million tonnes in total – was within the European Union, too.

As a leading waste and scrap metal recycler, the Recycling Lives social business notes these statistics with interest. We reuse and recycle as much scrap metal as we can, and whilst we are pleased to see that the total amount of scrap metal has not dropped, we would like to see the figures going up!

We think that, rather than raw materials being used to produce steel, there is plenty of scrap available that should be used instead. We hope to see the amount of crude steel output decreasing rather than increasing in future, and we will certainly continue our efforts to drive this forward.

You, the customer, can be part of a global increase in scrap steel use, simply by bringing your scrap metal to Recycling Lives. You will get a great price for your scrap steel; in fact, you can bring in your light iron or cast iron, too. You can also sell us your scrap non-ferrous metals, so if you have any aluminium, bronze or lead to dispose of, bring that in!

Scrap metal is a valuable resource. Not only do you get paid for it, but it also helps the local economy. The processing of scrap metal means that people have employment, which is great for the local community.

As well as more people having jobs, scrap metal being used in production is good for the environment. It is far better to use waste as a raw material than it is to mine the raw materials needed for the production of new metal.

In our case, scrap metal is also good for charity. We run a social welfare charity that helps homeless people to rebuild their lives after experiencing severe hardship. The charity supports its Residents to find accommodation and gain skills, so that they are able to get a job and move on from the charity to achieve success.

All of these things can happen simply by recycling some metal. So make a start by weighing in your scrap at Recycling Lives!