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The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) marked its 25th anniversary by announcing that the North American steel industry has recycled more than one billion tonnes of steel since 1988.

PITTSBURGH, PA.

The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) marked its 25th anniversary by announcing that the North American steel industry has recycled more than one billion tonnes of steel since 1988.

In order to keep track of its recycling statistics, the SRI annually calculates the recycling rates for steel and major steel products.

According to 2012 statistics, the recycling rate for steel was 88 per cent, with almost 84 million tonnes of it being recycled.

That includes 1.3 tonnes of tin plate steel, 16.3 tonnes of automotive scrap and 2.7 million tonnes of appliance steel.

The SRI also reports that 98 per cent of out-of-service construction plates and beams from demolition projects are recycled.

The effort to recycle steel has helped the industry reduce its CO2 emissions, per ton by, 32 per cent.

“The steel industry’s internationally-recognized energy efficiency, coupled with the recycling rate that is the highest of any material, proves our commitment to sustainability and resource conservation,” said American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO Thomas Gibson.

“For 25 years, steel’s recycling successes have been spearheaded by the SRI and we look forward to another quarter century, where steel leads social, economic and environmental advances.”

The SRI was originally commissioned by the AISI to create a system for recycling steel cans while providing information and technical resources.

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