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FLORIDA STEEL CAN RECYCLING RATE EXCEEDS 50 PERCENT; STEEL CANS NOT SUBJECT TO STATE'S ADF

 PITTSBURGH, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's Department of Environmental Regulations has determined that steel cans are being recycled at a rate exceeding 50 percent within the state and are, therefore, not subject to the Advance Disposal Fee (ADF) that will become effective July 1, 1993, in Florida.
 "We have received a preponderance of evidence indicating that the sustained recycling rate for steel cans in Florida is greater than 50 percent," said William W. Hinkley, bureau chief of the Department of Environmental Regulation. "These data warrant a revision of our previous estimated steel can recycling rate, making steel cans not subject to the ADF."
 More than half of Florida's steel cans are recycled, due in great part to magnetic separation at resource recovery facilities across the state. Virtually all of these facilities magnetically separate steel, guaranteeing nearly 100 percent recovery of steel cans in the areas serviced. As a result, steel cans and other household steel products are recovered for recycling.
 Often called "automatic recycling," magnetic separation at these facilities complements curbside recycling programs. The majority of the state's curbside programs include steel cans, enabling 4 million Floridians to recycle them. In addition, many drop-off, buyback and commercial/institutional recycling programs include steel cans.
 "Florida is a good example of how states and communities across the country are recycling steel cans efficiently and economically through a variety of recycling programs," said Bill Heenan, president of the Steel Can Recycling Institute (SCRI). "We're pleased with our 51 percent recycling rate in Florida, but we don't plan to stop there. Our goal is to match the steel industry's overall national recycling rate of 66 percent by 1995."
 Heenan added that the steel can recycling rate in Florida would have been significantly higher had the 1988 Solid Waste Management Act required that they be included in curbside recycling programs.
 "Both steel and aluminum cans are now exempt from Florida's ADF because their recycling rates exceed 50 percent. As metals, they can be recycled over and over again," said Heenan. "However, unlike aluminum can recycling, in which you take a can and make another can, steel can recycling has many new product possibilities. The vast majority of steel cans are consumed in steel mills and foundries in Florida to produce a variety of new products."
 The Steel Can Recycling Institute, an industry association dedicated to promoting and sustaining steel can recycling, is the primary information and technical resource for recyclers, municipalities, legislators, educators, businesses and other entities with an interest in steel can recycling. Through its seven regional offices, SCRI works directly with city and county recycling coordinators and solid waste managers, recycling center operators, intermediate processors and end market buyers.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Norton or Cyndi Braun of Steel Can Recycling Institute, 800-876-SCRI/


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