Steel Recycling

Steel Recycling Institute
“Steel is North America’s most recycled material. More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined. This is because steel scrap is an essential raw material in making new steel.“ Steel Recycling Institute

Simpson Strong-Tie evaluates two different steel recycling data points:

2012 Recycling rates, from the Steel Recycling Institute, total recycled content 36.9%.
* Total Recycled Content includes scrap steel generated during the manufacturing process. This scrap is not included in the post-consumer recycled content percentage, which is why the total percentage is higher.

Before we manufacture: what percentage of mill-certified steel that we purchase is recycled?

Our connectors are produced from mill-certified steel, purchased from suppliers around the world. As a result, it is difficult to ascertain the exact amount of recycled content in our products. We rely on the information published by the steel industry. There are two major production processes in the steel industry, with different recycled components. The bulk of our steel comes from the Basic Oxygen Furnace method, which we quote for recycle percentages. Based on industry requirements and the Basic Oxygen Furnace method estimates, the pie chart shows the 2012 steel recycling rates from the Steel Recycling Institute.

After we manufacture: what amount of steel do we generate as waste, and send for recycling?

In addition to using recycled steel, our metal stamping production dies and factory tooling are designed to help minimize steel waste. We recycle the scrap steel resulting from our manufacturing process at all facilities around the world. In 2013, we recycled more than 21 million pounds of scrap steel.

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