Recycling Facts

Automobiles are the most recycled consumer products, with large amounts of steel and other valuable recyclable materials, which have a recycling rate close to 100% – meaning that a car at the end of its useful life is not destined for a landfill, but for a recycling facility.

In 2009, 3.4 million tons of aluminum were generated in the U.S. and .69 million tons were recovered.

With a 66.2% recycling rate, steel containers are one of the most recycled materials in the United States. Every minute, approximately 20,000 steel cans are recycled in the United States.

In 2009, 16 million tons of steel were generated in the U.S., and 5 million tons were recovered.

Each year, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined.

In the past 50 years, more than 50 percent of the steel produced in this country has been recycled through the steelmaking process.

Steel producers in the United States use more than 70% recycled steel.

Recycling steel and tin cans saves between 60 and 74 percent of the energy used to produce them from raw materials.


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