Steel is one of the most sustainable construction materials. Its strength and durability coupled with its ability to be recycled, again and again, without ever losing quality make it truly compatible with long-term sustainable development. Steel is the world’s most recycled material. In fact, steel tops the list of North America’s most recycled materials, with over 60 percent of steel being recycled annually since 1970.
There are three main sources of steel scrap that is sold to scrap yards: Home Scrap, Prompt or Industrial Scrap, and Obsolete Scrap.
Home scrap is steel waste that occurs in-house in steel mills through the production of steel.
Prompt (Industrial) Scrap
Prompt scrap is a result of product manufacturing in areas such as automotive and appliances.
Obsolete scrap covers the rest of steel waste, stemming from areas such as individual household appliances, old cars that are sent to a junkyard.
The excess steel scrap is then melted down by a furnace that runs at a temperature of nearly 3,000 degrees, and purified to rid the scrap of any contaminants. Then, the melted steel is solidified into sheets and prepped for shipping.
The newly recycled metal is then ready to be sent out to various factories for use as raw material, and the cycle begins again.
VIL in its commitment to the Environment recycle 4000 MT of Steel every year.