become the steel industry's single largest source of raw
material because it is economically advantageous to recycle old
steel into new steel. In light of this, steelmaking furnaces
have been designed to consume steel scrap.
In fact, in the
past 50 years, approximately 50 percent of the steel produced in
this country has been recycled through the steelmaking process.
Thanks to the steel industry's impressive history of recycling,
a wide variety of collection programs exist to recycle steel
is Made of Steel?
Sometimes referred to as “white goods”, appliances are
systems of mechanical and electrical components encased in steel
shells or bodies. Appliances include washing machines, dryers,
dishwashers, ranges, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers
and water heaters. By weight, the typical appliance consists of
about 65 percent steel.
By weight, the typical passenger car consists of nearly 66
percent steel and iron. The steel used in car bodies is made
with a minimum of 25 percent recycled steel.
Includes food, paint, and aerosol cans. Many times food cans
are referred to as “tin cans” when in fact they are made
Materials: Steel beams are a main constituent of
construction materials. For information on recycling
construction and demolition materials see Recycling Construction
Debris web page: “Information on Recycling Construction and