LONDON Spain recycles a
larger proportion of steel each year than any other European
country, according to Spanish steel association Unesid.
In Spain, 80.6 percent of
domestically produced steel is recycled, the group told
AMM sister publication Steel First. Italy
ranks second by recycling 77 percent of its own steel, and
Germany is third with 44.7 percent.
Europe, on average, recycles 50
percent of its steel, while the worldwide average is 40
percent, according to Unesid environmental manager James
For every tonne of steel
recycled, Spains steel industry saves as much as 1.5
tonnes of iron while reducing water usage by 40 percent and
energy consumption by 80 percent, the Madrid-based organization
Steel is the
second-most-recycled material in the world, after oil
In 2011, Spain produced 15,504
tonnes of steel, compared with 16,343 tonnes a year earlier,
Unesid data reveal.
Internal demand for scrap in
Spain remains high, scrap dealers told Steel First in
"Spain still imports more than 2
million tonnes of scrap per year," a dealer said.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Steel First.