Steel is recycled more than almost anything. Why does it create so much pollution?

Steel is recycled more than almost anything. Why does it create so much pollution?

Home Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. Tech Elizabeth McCauley , Lilian Manansala , and Daniel T. Allen 2022-01-26T00:24:00Z Steel is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, even though lots of it is recycled every year.  There isn’t enough scrap to meet the demand,…



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2022-01-26T00: 24: 00Z

Red steel balls that have been formed from recycled, liquid steel.

  • Steel is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, even though lots of it is recycled every year. 
  • There isn’t enough scrap to meet the demand, so most steel is made from mined iron and coal.
  • Recycling steel uses coal too, but an Australian steelmaker is experimenting with alternatives.
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