Steel: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling

July 25, 2012 in Industry Trends, Manufacturing, News & Articles by

I-beam SteelSteelmakers are continuing to adopt good practices to protect the earth. Fortunately, being energy efficient is not only environmentally responsible, but it is cost efficient too. Not to mention all the pressure that various environmental agencies are putting on manufacturers. Green practices allow steel products to be cheaper, so international pipe sales can increase and more people can afford to buy I-beam steel, for example.

By reducing, reusing and recycling, steel companies are saving energy, reducing CO2 emissions and conserving resources.


Since the increase of international pipe sales since the 1940s and the more recent push to buy I-beam steel, the steel industry has reduced its energy use by 60 percent.

Steelmakers are managing costs to find good practices to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The steel industry has continued to be successful in finding ways to reduce the impact that making steel has on the earth.

Almost half the world’s steel is produced in electric plants to generate no CO2 emissions. Energy-efficient generators, transformers and electric drives help conserve raw materials.


Steelmakers are also reusing certain materials used in the steelmaking process. Water used in steel plants is often processed and converted to steam to generate electricity. Steelmakers are also using the byproduct gas produced in blast furnaces and coke ovens that would otherwise be wasted in the place of natural gas.

Matter like slag, the completely fused and vitrified matter separated during the reduction of metal from its ore, is sold cheaply or given away for the production of roads and fertilizer.


Each year, about 70 percent of all steel is recycled in North America, more than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined. Steel products can be recycled over and over without losing any strength. If a company needed to, they could buy I-beam steel and end up profiting from it through international pipe sales. Scrap steel reduces water and air pollution and mining wastes by about 70 percent. Since millions of tons of steel are diverted from the waste stream to the recycling stream due to steel’s magnetic properties, steel is the easiest material to separate from the solid waste stream.

Recycling steel saves the equivalent energy to power about 18 million households for a year. Over the years, the quality of steel has gotten much better. Whereas 83,000 tons of steel was needed for the Golden Gate Bridge, only half of that steel would be needed to make it now.

All materials supplied by St. Louis Pipe & Supply will meet or exceed ASTM, ASME, ANSI and/or API standards, per your required specifications including full documentation.

If you have any questions or would like to buy I-beam steel, please contact us today.

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