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39 Reasons Recycled Steel Rules

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November 14, 2014

Celebrating the 17th America Recycles Day: November 15, 2014

Recycled steel leads the pack in recycled materials.  On the eve of the seventeenth America Recycles Day, some facts about the scope of steel recycling seem appropriate.

Steel Recycling and Production Facts

Steel is 100% recyclable.

Steel retains all its strength when recycled. Recycle steel hundreds of times— and it is still just as strong as it was the first time. No other material can make that claim.

All across North America, more steel is recycled every year than aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic combined. In fact, steel is the most recycled material in the world.

Government sources estimate American iron and steel scrap production at $29.5 billion in 2013.

America Recycles DayAmerican steel consumption increased 110 million tons in 2013.

Iron and scrap recycling produces new major appliances, motor vehicles, food containers, machinery, derricks, pipe, bridges, ships, trains and rails, various consumer products— steel-framed buildings— and more each year.

Steel mills shipped 87 million metric tons of new steel products last year.

The U.S. scrap metal industry employees over 137,000 people.

Every steel product you buy today contains recycled steel.

Recycling is not a new concept in the steel industry. North American steel companies have been recycling steel for over 170 years.

Steel mills and foundries actually depend on iron and steel scrap for production. Scrap steel is an essential ingredient in making new steel.

Steel recycling saves energy. It takes far less energy to melt and recycle steel than to create virgin steel from iron ore.

Every ton of steel recycled saves 642-kilowatt hours of energy— 10.9 million Btu’s of energy.

Recycling steel saves enough energy every year to power 18 million households for 12 months.

According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, every ton of steel recycled conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.

Giant industrial magnets separate steel easily and economically from the solid waste stream.

The more steel we recycle, the less products end up in overcrowded landfills. Over 136 million tons of construction debris is dumped into U.S. landfills every year.

Every ton of steel recycled— rather than discarded— saves almost 250 cubic feet of landfill space.

93% of all scrapped automobiles are recycled.

Recyclers shredded over 18 million junked cars a year. That is enough automobiles to circle the globe— almost twice!

95% of the water used in steel processing today is reused.

Innovations in steel production— and conservation efforts by the North American steel industry— have slashed air and water emissions by 90% in just ten years.

The steel industry has dramatically increased effectiveness in steel production. Today crating a ton of steel takes only two man-hours or less.

Steel requires 34% less energy to produce today than it did 40 years ago.

Today’s “New Steel” is 30% stronger than steel produced a decade ago.

The Golden Gate Bridge construction used 83,000 tons of steel. Today’s “New Steel” could build the bridge with half as much steel.

Steel cans recycle at an astonishing rate of 630 cans per second.

The average American discards about 61 pounds of metal cans every month.

Recycled steel comprises 75% of all major appliances.

Framing for a 20,000 sq. ft. commercial steel building can be produced from the recycled steel from 50-60 junked cars. Framing the same building with wood sacrifices 10 acres or more of forest.

Steel roofing lasts over 50 years; asphalt roofing lasts only 17 years, on average. Surprisingly, asphalt roofs weigh twice as much as steel roofing.

Choosing reflective cool-coated steel roofing in warmer climates saves up to 15% on utilities.

100% of steel framing and steel cladding used in RHINO’s steel buildings is recyclable at the end of the structure’s lifecycle.

Steel doors are fire-resistant. Steel doors protect 10 times better than wood doors against intruders.

Recycled steel framing does not crack, split, twist, rot, or creep like wood framing.

Recycled steel framing promises better protection from high winds, heavy snows, fire, mold, vermin, termites, and earthquakes than ordinary wood framing.

All steel contains 28% or more recycled material.

Structural steel on average contains 77% recycled content.


Go Green with RHINO

No other building material is greener than red iron steel.

Not only do RHINO steel buildings boast a high recycled content, but our steel buildings also last decades longer than stick-built structures. The longer any product’s lifecycle, the less impact it has on the environment.

Choosing steel framing over wood framing also means leaving more trees growing and replenishing our atmosphere with life-sustaining oxygen.

At the end of the structure’s usefulness, the steel framing and exterior panels recycle again, to start another useful life as a washing machine, automobile, bridge, train, submarine— or another steel building. Wood framing ends up rotting in a landfill.

When you build with RHINO, you get the best possible structure for you— but also the best building for the planet.

Make the environmentally sound choice; build with RHINO’s steel building system. Call 888.320.7466 today for more information about our RHINO-tough building system.

Recycle, America!

A recent poll shows 73% of Americans profess concern about the environment. Yet, currently, less than 38% of households and 12% businesses bother to recycle.

But recycling does not stop at the bin. We also need to buy eco-friendly products made of recycled, long-lasting, sustainable materials like steel.

Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Pledge to join the recycling movement today.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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