The Steel Drum Life Cycle
Steel’s attributes, including its inherent durability and recyclability, make it an ideal fit for a sustainable circular economy. It is the most recycled material in the world. Once produced, steel can be continually recycled into new steel products. And, while many other products can only be downcycled into a lower-quality product, steel can be recycled over and over again and remade without any loss of quality.
Steel recycling is important to the circular economy as it conserves valuable resources and diverts useful materials from going to landfills. Millions of tons of steel are diverted from waste streams to recycling streams every year due to steel’s magnetic properties that make it easy to separate from
Domestic steel mills recycle their own steel scrap, as well as scrap from downstream product manufacturing processes and end-of-life products, to conserve energy emissions and natural resources. There are typically 60 to 80 million tons of steel scrap recycled per year into new steel products in North America.