Material Efficiency

Metal Sales products are available in two materials – aluminum and steel – and steel is the overwhelmingly majority of Metal Sales production.

Facts about steel

Steel is the world's most recycled material. It is among the easiest materials to reprocess, as it can be separated magnetically from the waste stream. Any grade of steel can be recycled into top quality new metal, with no “downgrading” from prime to lower quality materials during the process.  42% of crude steel produced is recycled material1.

1 Steel: The Foundation of a Sustainable Future—Sustainability Report of the World Steel Industry 2005

Facts about aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most efficient and widely recycled materials. Recycled aluminum is indistinguishable from virgin aluminum and processing is identical for both. Recycling does not produce any change in the metal, so aluminum can be recycled indefinitely. Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy cost of processing new aluminum.2

2 "The price of virtue". The Economist. June 7, 2007.