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Date: Thu May 21 1998 - 08:02:00 EDT

Date: Thu, 21 May 98 13:02 WET DST
Subject: Re: Metal Waste   Recycling (Antoni Magoch)

May 21, 1998

Dear Antoni Magoch,

By weight, metals are the largest component of Municipal Solid Waste, especially ferrous metals.
In 1995 about 8,740 thousand tons of ferrous metals were generated, 6,060 thousand tons ended up discarded and 2,680 thousand tons were recovered. For aluminum (nonferrous metal) the figures were 1,580 thousand tons generated, 590 thousand tons discarded, and 990 thousand tons recovered. The Steel Recycling Institute (which has a website) is the best source of data about all individual metals.

The trends are such that generation is going up, 1960-1995, but so is the recovery of all metals.

Much metal recycling is done by the automotive, auto parts and similar large product industries. Their recovery infrastructures are not generally open to the public.
Much metal is exported to be reecycled.
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