Metal packaging from the blue PMD bag is recycled into steel or aluminum that is ready to be used in new objects. This can be new packaging, but also electrical appliances, car parts or bicycles.
Steel and Aluminum are ground and cleaned to make scrap metal that is ready to go into a melting furnace. Steel goes to the steel mill while aluminum goes to specialized forges.
Steel is then usually added to pig iron in the blast furnace at a ratio of 40%. Steel mills with induction furnaces melt the steel so that up to 100% can be recycled without having to add pig iron. Aluminum is melted in special furnaces.
Steel and Aluminum are then poured into molds, ready to be used to make new products. Steel is poured into bars or cylinders and aluminum into ingots.
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Metal packaging in the PMD bag consists mainly of steel and aluminum:
Most importantly because it helps us conserve natural resources. Steel is a raw material that can be recycled endlessly, without any loss of quality. It is produced using coke and iron ore. Aluminum production, on the other hand, requires bauxite. Recycling saves an enormous amount of energy: recycling steel requires up to 85% less energy than producing it. For recycled aluminum, this number increases to 95%! Less energy consumption means lower CO2 emissions, and that is a good thing for slowing climate change.
Do not put packaging containing toxic or corrosive products in the PMD bag. They are dangerous for both the people and the machines at the recycling and sorting centers.
And that is why we are also counting on you. Consult the sorting rules for PMD.
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