Iron (Fe), the basic material for steel production, is the most common element on earth. With a mass fraction of 5%, iron ore forms a natural component of the earth’s crust. This natural resource is inexhaustible because steel is recycled again and again without loss of material or quality. Growing demand and the long service life of steel products mean that steel production from ores will continue to be indispensable in the future to close the gap between the availability of secondary raw materials and demand.

Structural steel is unsurpassed in its use and recyclability. After deconstruction, the components can be reused in other structures. Otherwise, it is recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality or even with improvement of its quality. As in a reusable system, structural steel is never used up, but is always reused at the end of its life. In the Environmental Product Declaration “Structural Steels”, steel is confirmed to have a reuse rate of 11% and a recycling rate of 88%. The collection rate is 99% and only 1% is lost.

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