Steel frames are designed and fabricated specifically for each project, minimising waste during the manufacturing process. Any steel scrap during the manufacture or on a building site is minimal and will be added to a steel recycle bin rather than going to landfill. Although NASH members do not generate a lot of scrap steel recycling is important to the circular economy as it conserves valuable resources and diverts useful material from going to landfills.
HERA, Heavy Engineering Research Association, commissioned a report on how much scrap steel is recycled in New Zealand.
Undertaken by thinkstepANZ it showed an impressive 72% of steel scrap in New Zealand is recycled, and that recycling steel scrap produced in Aotearoa New Zealand provides significant environmental benefits – despite the need for transport to overseas recycling facilities.
The study also showed that the amount of steel scrap collected for recovery is critical to the overall benefits of the recycling system.