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Just the facts, please.

January 14, 2011

The automobile is the most recycled consumer product. Each year, the steel industry recycles more than 14 million tons of steel from end-of-life vehicles. This is equivalent to nearly 13.5 million automobiles. Recycling steel also saves energy and other natural resources. The steel industry annually saves the equivalent energy to power about 18 million households for a year. Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone (source: Steel Recycling Institute).

What might my recycled vehicle become?

The van that ferried your kids to soccer games, got you safely to work and helped your teenagers move into their college dorm might become…

…an elevator in Boston
…an airplane hanger in Los Angeles
…a building in an Olympic Village
…a hospital in Turkey
…a bridge in Korea
…a ship in Japan
…or a 2009 Caravan

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