How is stainless steel Recycled?
Stainless steel production worldwide requires so much nickel that nearly three quarters of all nickel produced is made into stainless steel. Nickel is rarely used by itself. Instead, it’s mixed with other metals to become a metal alloy like copper, brass, steel and stainless steel.
On its own, nickel is a hardened, silvery metal that is known for its resistance to corrosion, ability to conduct heat and electricity, and its durability and magnetic properties. Due to a rapid growth in demand and how relatively rare it is, nickel is one of the most valuable recyclable non-ferrous metals.
When recycling nickel, alloys with higher nickel content are generally used for electronics and aerospace applications, while alloys with lower content are used for stainless steel.
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What can recycled stainless steel become?
Recycled stainless steel can be found in many construction and structural materials, such as steel beams, plumbing pipes, fixtures and machinery. It is also used to make airplane engines and parts for machinery.
Recycled stainless steel and the Environment
The majority of the world’s nickel comes from meteorite excavation, making the metal extremely rare. We can reduce the environmental impact of excavation by maintaining a closed-loop economic system when recycling stainless steel. It takes careful resource management, waste reduction and recycling, but those efforts allow us to create stainless steel products in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.
Common Places to Find Recyclable stainless steel
- Pots and pans
- Kitchen sinks, faucets, and drains
- Stainless steel countertops, ovens, refrigerators, appliances, shelving, baking racks
- Cabinet and door hardware