Stainless steel is a champion of recycling. It is one of the key contributions stainless steel makes to sustainability. More details can be found here.

Recycling Ferritic Stainless Steel

The purpose of this brochure is to help develop and grow the systematic separation of ferritic stainless steel scrap in the metals recycling chain, both in the factory and at the end-of-life of products.

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Published: 5/8/2013
Last modified: 5/8/2013

Recycled for lasting value

In under four minutes, this video shows stainless steel as a champion of recycling, with around 90% of end-of-life stainless steel being collected and recycled into new stainless steel – without loss of quality. Durability and recyclability are two of the key contributions which stainless steel makes to sustainability.

This video is available in 18 languages. Clicking on the language will open the video: 中文, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, 日本語, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Castilian and Mexican), Swedish, Thai and Turkish

Published: 14/5/2012
Last modified: 8/5/2012

Raising Awareness of Stainless Steel Recycling

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) announced it has launched an advertising campaign jointly with the Nickel Institute. The campaign is designed to inform the public that stainless steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials and that it is recycled more than paper or glass.

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Published: 8/5/2012
Last modified: 8/5/2012

Recycling stainless steel

Today, environmental issues are important criteria for material selection. In evaluating the environmental properties of a material, recycling is a key element. This presentation looks at the recycling of stainless steel in greater detail.

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Published: 8/5/2012
Last modified: 8/5/2012

Global Stainless Steel Manufacturing and Scrap Cycle

The use of stainless steel has been characterized for 51 countries and the world for the years 2000 and 2005. We find that the global stainless steel flow-into-use increased by more than 30% in that 5 year period, as did additions to in-use stocks. This growth was mainly driven by China, which accounted for almost half of the global growth in stainless steel crude production and which tripled its flow into use between 2000 and 2005. The global stainless steel-specific end-of-life recycling rate increased from 66% (2000) to 70% (2005); the landfilling rate was 22% for both years, and 9% (2000) to 12% (2005) was lost into recycled carbon and alloy steels. Within just 5 years, China passed such traditionally strong stainless steel producers and users as Japan, USA, Germany, and South Korea to become the dominant player of the stainless steel industry. However, China did not produce any significant stainless steel end-of-life flows in 2000 or 2005 because its products-in-use are still too new to require replacements. Major Chinese discard flows are expected to begin between 2015 and 2020.

(Reck et al. 2010. Global stainless steel cycle exemplifies China's rise to metal dominance. Environmental Science & Technology 44 (10): 3940-3946)

Source: Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University

Published: 7/5/2012
Last modified: 7/5/2012