Enabling a circular economy.
- Being perfectly suited for a circular economy, steel enables the reusage and recycling of many products. Packaging materials are vital a proof point
- Protact is a permanent material that is 100% recyclable with no loss of quality
- Most steel has already been recycled, and the rest will be recycled – always with no loss of its qualities
Tata Steel is increasingly recycling its by-products (98%).
- Tata Steel also facilitates its customers in making their products more sustainable. For doing so, Tata Steel make extensive use of life cycle assessment (LCA) to advise its customers in the design of their products made from our steel
- The new technology HIsarna will include a higher proportion of steel scrap
A few facts about the life-cycle of steel:
- The recycling rate of steel depends on the end-use, but on average around 85% of steel, at the end of it’s first useful life, is recycled.
- More than 99% of steel from scrap cars is recycled.
- A UK study showed that 94% of steel is recycled when a building is demolished.
- 99% of structural steel is recycled or re-used when a building is demolished.
- In Europe, more than 85% of steel packaging is recycled, which is far more than any other packaging material.
Steel is already the ideal circular packaging solution
It is easily removed from the waste stream and can be recycled again and again. It preserves food, and in world where a third of food is thrown away, it helps to reduce waste.
Thanks to steel, vehicles are leaving a smaller footprint in the world. Our stronger, thinner steel means vehicles can be lighter, so they use less fuel.
During production, Tata Steel is recycling more of its by-products. Although the world still needs steelmakers to make virgin steel to keep up with demand, new technologies such as HIsarna will include a higher proportion of steel scrap.
Nobody can make the circular economy on their own. Steelmakers play a vital part in a complex, interdependent eco-system.
Steel makes the circular economy go round.