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Recycling

  • Steel is a monomaterial and therefore easy to recycle.
  • Steel is the most recycled packaging material in Europe.
  • Because steel has magnetic properties, it can be easily recovered from all efficient waste streams.
  • Recycling saves resources (iron ore, coal, limestone) and reduces CO2 emissions.
  • Steel is a permanent material that can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality.
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Inherent recycling properties

Steel is a monomaterial needing no complex material separation processes and is therefore simple to recycle.

  • Steel packaging is infinitely recyclable
  • Steel is the most recycled packaging material
  • Using recycled steel to make new steel saves energy and resources
  • High production temperatures ensure recycled material is contamination-free
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Steel: the recycling champion

Steel is the most recycled packaging material in Europe and across the world.

  • 100% of all recycled steel packaging is reused to make new steel
  • In Europe, recycling infrastructures have been in place for a long time so are well-established and highly efficient
  • Over 77,5% of steel packaging is recycled in Europe
  • The industry aims to achieve an average European recycling rate for metal packaging of 80% by 2020
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Easy separation

Steel is easy to recover from any waste stream by using a magnet

  • No need for separate waste collection, meaning easier recycling
  • Easy separation makes recycling of steel cost-effective
  • Increased recycling means reduced landfill
  • Even if steel packaging ends up being incinerated, the steel can be recovered from the bottom ash
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Recycling saves resources

Recycling saves primary resources and reduces CO2 emissions.

  • Energy and raw materials (iron ore, coal and limestone) embedded in recycled cans are entirely reused
  • Using recycled steel saves 70% energy

  • Each item of recycled steel packaging saves over one and a half times its weight in CO2
  • In 2015, over 2.7 million tonnes of packaging steel was recycled in Europe, saving over 4 million tonnes of CO2
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Closed material loop, open product loop

Steel is a permanent material that can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality.

  • Once melted down, steel can be reused for a variety of applications thanks to its closed material, open product loop properties
  • Steel is recycled into new steel, to be used for cars, trains, buildings, packaging etc.
  • The steelmaking process needs scrap metal, so every steel plant is also a recycling plant
  • The steelmaking process needs scrap metal, so every steel product has guaranteed recycled content