Iron and steel recycling in the U.S. 2005-2016

This statistic shows the volume of iron and steel recycled from both old and new scrap in the United States between 2005 and 2016. Here, around 53 million metric tons of iron and steel were recycled from scrap in 2016.

U.S. volume of iron and steel recycled from scrap between 2005 and 2016 (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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Release date

October 2018


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* According to the source, figures represent recycled scrap reported from consuming manufacturers. Apparent supply measured as shipments of iron and steel products plus castings corrected for imported semifinished products. Recycled unit value is the U.S. annual average composite price for No. 1 heavy-melting steel calculated from prices published in American Metal Market. Unit value for the year used to calculate values of recycled scrap and apparent supply of scrap.

This statistic was assembled using several editions of the annual report.

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