Plastics convert iron ore to steel

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September 2009
With an annual production of about 1.3 billion tonnes worldwide, steel is the most important metallic material that can be completely recycled at the end of its life. Hot metal from the blast furnace process is the beginning of this cycle. Plastic materials rank among the second most important basic materials with an annual global production of about 260 million tonnes. Today, a modern and sustainable technology can combine plastics recovery at its end-or-life with the production of steel.

The ‘feedstock recycling’ of plastics waste in the metal blast furnace process provides a further option for plastics at its end-of life; in addition to the mechanical recycling and energy recovery options.
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