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Volume of recycled scrap metals in the U.S. 2019, by type

Quantity of selected metals recycled from scrap in the United States. in 2019

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Release date

June 2021


United States

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Supplementary notes

Metal recovered from new plus old scrap. New scrap - Scrap that results from the manufacturing process, including metal and alloy production. New scrap of aluminum, copper, lead, tin, and zinc does not include home scrap, which is scrap generated and recycled in the metal-producing plant.
Old scrap - Scrap that results from consumer products.

Aluminum: Quantity of aluminum is the calculated metallic recovery from purchased new and old aluminum-base scrap, estimated for full industry coverage. Series revised by removing imported scrap to avoid double counting.

Copper: Includes copper recovered from unalloyed and alloyed copper-base scrap, as refined copper or in alloy forms, as well as copper recovered from aluminum-, nickel-, and zinc-base scrap. Monetary value based on annual average refined copper prices.

Iron and Steel: Recycled scrap reported from consuming manufacturers. Apparent supply measured as shipments of iron and steel products plus castings corrected for imported semifinished products.

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