Recycling: steel rates at all-time high

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The recycling rate for steel has reached an all-time high of 92%, prolonging its status of most recycled material in the U.S.A.

There were 85 million tons of steel recycled in 2011 vs. about 75 million tons the previous year. This rate is higher than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined.

Steel packaging is recycled at 70.8%, automobile steel at 94.5% and appliance steel at 90%.

Areas of improvement include consumers, with the recycling of steel aerosol cans, packaging, appliances, cars and scrap metal.

To learn more about steel recycling, visit the Steel Recycling Database, a searchable online database created by the The Steel Alliance and Steel Recycling Institute designed to help consumers locate drop-off centers and curbside programs.

Check out the full article at http://earth911.com/news/2012/12/17/steel-recycling-all-time-high/

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