Builders across the United States are constructing all types of steel framed businesses, office parks, and homes such as multi-family developments, retirement homes and single-family residences. Steel recycling helps to reduce waste and lower costs. There are many benefits to using steel framing: it’s light weight, cost effective, noncombustible, maintains integrity well in high winds and seismic areas, and resists corrosion.
What are other benefits of steel recycling? Recycling programs are established primarily to reduce the solid waste stream. Besides saving landfill space, recycling steel also saves valuable energy and natural resources. Each year, steel recycling saves the energy equivalent to electrically power about one-fifth of the households in the United States (or about 18 million homes) for one year. And every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
Steel has long been the building material of choice for commercial construction for reasons of strength, durability and stability. Recyclability and recycled content are another factor that has moved to the forefront of benefits. Steel construction material is every bit as recyclable as the steel can found in kitchens across America. In fact, the steel used in construction projects today may have been made from steel cans and other steel products recycled last year. This is possible because steel scrap is an essential ingredient in making new steel. As steel is recycled, it maintains its strength and integrity so it can be made into one quality product after another.
It is for these reasons that steel has taken hold in other forms of construction, including residential home building and large construction projects.
Southern Environmental Services, Inc., (SESI) can arrange and assist you in this process to help incorporate a steel-recycling program for you and your business and reduce your recycling costs.
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