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The World's Most Recycled Material

Steel is the most recycled material in the world.  Easily recovered with magnets, steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled time and time again without loss of quality. 

Every steelmaking heat at Essar Steel Algoma contains scrap steel.  Through our manufacturing process, we recycle steel for new end-use applications.

Waste management practices at Essar Steel Algoma are designed to reduce, reuse and recycle, with ongoing reductions in the overall volume of material going to landfill.  Of the total amount of by-product materials generated from the integrated steelmaking process, more than 80% are reused or recycled, either internally or through outside consumers.  Click here for a list of alternative by-product applications.

The LEED Principle

The Canada Green Building Council encourages sustainable green building and development practices through the adoption of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principle.  Essar Steel Algoma supports this principle with the use of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content in our manufacturing process. For confirmation of recycled content, click here

Switch Out Program

Switch Out is a national program designed to remove, collect and manage mercury-containing convenience lighting switches and anti-lock braking system (ABS) sensor modules in end-of-life vehicles before they are flattened, shredded and recycled into new steel.  ­Essar Steel Algoma, through the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA), and in partnership with the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA), has been co-funding the national Switch Out program since January 2008.  Since this time a total of 624,062 switches have been collected.

Legacy Tires

Essar has implemented a "one-in, one-out" program for used tires generated on site.  This program requires used tires to be removed from site whenever a new replacement tire is brought on site.  Essar has also been working with local recyclers to develop new innovative solutions for recycling tires while providing feed material to support local businesses. 

Recycling programs

Essar maintains an aggressive recycling program to ensure materials are not only diverted from landfill but also arrive at their appropriate destination for recycling.  Among the materials which are recycled are light bulbs, batteries, electronic wastes, paints, expired chemicals, wood and paper.


Last Published: January 28, 2014



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