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Infinite recyclability is one of the key aspects underpinning the sustainability message of steel.

Much of the positive benefits of steel’s recyclability is realised elsewhere as local production of steel doesn’t have a high requirement for scrap steel. To investigate what proportion of steel used and made in NZ is being recycled, we have to do some exploration.


Program focuses

Working with thinkstep-anz, we will:

  • gather data and information on how and where steel used and produced in New Zealand is recycled at end of life;
  • understand the local and global scrap supply chain for steel used and produced here in Aotearoa;
  • explore how other metal materials are recycled both here and abroad;
  • consider how recyclability differs based on the type of scrap, such as clean steel scrap vs. unseparated; and
  • quantify the carbon benefits of recycling steel used and produced in NZ.


Stakeholders and resources

While still in the exploratory stages, this program will not be achievable without collaborations and support from other key organisations.

This program will be run in cooperation with the Sustainable Steel Council, who are a group of steel industry leaders committed to the circular economy and New Zealand’s low emissions future.

We also acknowledge that we’ll need to engage with the New Zealand Association of Metal Recyclers as the voice of metal recycling in Aotearoa. Their membership ranges from individual metal recyclers through to large-scale processors and end-users of recycled metals.

In terms of global context, we’re considering the use of WorldSteel scrap and recycling data. Their representation of steel producers, associations and research institutes across the world accounts for around 85% of global steel production.

We’ll also be leveraging thinkstep-anz who bring expertise in enabling organsiations to develop sustainability initiatives that have quantifiable business value.