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HERE ARE SOME FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT STEEL CAN RECYCLING:
• Steel is one of the world’s most recycled products. In fact, steel is 100% recyclable, which means its lifecycle is potentially continuous.
• Steel is easily picked out of garbage and recycling waste by magnetic separation offering a cost efficient alternative to manual separation used for other materials.
• Each Australian disposes on average about six kilograms of steel cans each year. About 3.5kg of this amount is disposed to landfill.
• Making steel from recycled cans uses 75% less energy than when producing steel from raw materials.
• Every tonne of steel recycled saves 1131 kg of iron ore, 633 kg of coal and 54 kg of limestone.
• 15,000 steel cans is around 1 tonne of steel.
• In Australia, steel makes up approximately 2.5% of the waste that goes to landfill.
• Australia is ranked 12th in the world for steel can recycling.
• A study in Sydney and Melbourne showed 86% of teenagers in the two cities report some involvement in family recycling.
• 17.5 million steel cans are recycled each week in Australia – this is equivalent to the amount of steel needed to build 900 family sedans.
• Steel can recycling currently has a 56% recycling rate with 381 of the 685 councils in Australia representing 94% of the whole population offering their residents access to steel can recycling.
• Aerosols are one of the easiest of all the steel cans to recycle yet only 35% on average are being recycled.
• Awareness of steel can recyclability has increased 11% from 71% to 82% since 2000. In that time the number of councils collecting steel cans has increased from 353 representing 16.8 million people, to 381 councils representing 18.4 million people.
• 57% of consumers get their recycling information from packaging – the rest from their local council, the internet and friends.
Steel is one of the world’s most recycled products
- Making steel from recycled cans uses 75% less energy than when producing steel from raw materials.
- Steel can recycling currently has a 56% recycling rate with 381 of the 685 councils in Australia representing 94% of the whole population offering their residents access to steel can recycling.