Slightly more than three-quarters (75.7%) of all steel in the U.S. was recycled in 2005, statistics from the Steel Recycling (SRI) Institute show. That's the highest rate ever recorded in the U.S., the industry trade association said.
"2005 continues the four-year expansion of steel recycling to new historic levels in the U.S. and the 75.7% rate established a new record for steel recycling," says SRI President Bill Heenan.
That 75.7% rate translates to 76 million tons of domestic steel scrap. The automobile is America's most recycled product.