Interesting facts

  • Of an estimated total of 700 million tonnes of aluminium produced in the world since commercial manufacturing began, about 75% is still in productive use.

  • Producing steel from recycled material when compared with virgin resources provides energy saving of 75%.

  • Recycling aluminium requires only 5% of the energy it takes to make new aluminium - and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions.

  • Americans throw away enough aluminium every three months to rebuild the UK's entire commercial air fleet.

  • Aluminium is the highest recyclable material used in beverage packaging, with recycled content of 68%.

  • The aluminium from an aluminium can, when recycled, can be back on the shelf in as little as 60 days.

  • Some 34 cans can be made from just one pound of aluminium.

  • Metal extraction alone had increased 200% since 1980, and supplies of certain virgin resources - notably antimony, copper, gold, silver, tin and zinc - are expected to be exhausted within the next 60 years.

  • Every year the metals sector produces: 14 million tonnes of steel; 1.2 million tonnes of castings; 500,000 tonnes of aluminium. It reclaims and processes 10 million tonnes of used or end-of-life metals.

  • The metals sector is at the forefront of innovation. 70% of steels used in automotive applications did not exist 10 years ago. 15% of a modern commercial aircraft is made from specially-developed steels.

  • Approximately 96% of all aluminium from buildings in Europe is collected for recycling.

  • Aluminium is the 2nd most used metal in the world.

  • If every kilogram of heavier material is replaced with aluminum, it eliminates 22 Kg of carbon-di-oxide, over the life time of a vehicle.

  • In the automobile industry, by substituting steel for high strength low weight aluminum, every 10% weight reduction would save about 5 to 7 % of fuel.

  • Vehicles manufactured in the year of 2006, with aluminum parts, are to save around 140 million tons of carbon-di-oxide & saving energy equivalent to 16 billion gallons of crude oil over the entire life span.

  • Lead-acid batteries, a primary use for lead, have a 97% recycling rate.

  • On average, the U.S. processes enough ferrous scrap daily, by weight, to build 25 Eiffel Towers every day of the year.

  • Steel is the world's most recycled material.

  • Without aluminium recycling, the EU would have to import about 8.4 million tonnes of primary and recycled aluminium to meet productions requirements.

  • The UK metals recycling industry is worth £5.6 billion (2012)

  • Globally over 400 million tonnes of metals are recycled each year (2012)

  • The UK recycles 13 million tonnes of scrap metal a year, of which around 40% is used in the domestic market, and 60% is exported.

  • The UK is in the top five countries in the world in terms of volume of scrap metal exports.

  • US scrap industry is valued at $60 billion (2010)

  • US processes about 74 million metric tons of scrap steel (2010)

  • Scrap steel is used to produce over 75 percent of raw steel in the US

  • Metal can be recycled unlimited times. Paper can be recycled four to seven times. (ISRI)

 

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