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STEEL CAN RECYCLING RATE JUMPS TO 40.9 PERCENT -- MORE THAN ONE MILLION TONS OF STEEL CANS RECYCLED IN 1992

 PITTSBURGH, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The year 1992 saw yet another jump in steel can recycling, the Steel Can Recycling Institute (SCRI) announced today.
 In that year, for the first time ever, more than one million tons of steel cans were recycled, resulting in a 40.9 percent recycling rate. The 1991 recycling rate was 34 percent.
 But this 40-plus recycling rate didn't happen overnight. In the past five years, the rate has steadily increased, gradually approaching the steel industry's overall recycling rate of 66 percent. For several years, the steel industry has maintained this remarkable rate, making it the benchmark for steel can recycling achievement.
 "We have two impressive milestones: a steel can recycling rate of 40.9 percent and an overall steel recycling rate of 66 percent," said Jim Bruhn, chairman of the Steel Can Recycling Institute. "Between 1988 and 1992, we saw steel can recycling nearly triple. And over the last few years, we saw the steel industry as a whole retain its 66 percent recycling rate."
 Steel cans are collected for recycling through curbside collection, drop-off, multi-material buyback and commercial/institutional recycling programs, as well as magnetic separation at resource recovery facilities.
 "Curbside recycling is one of the primary reasons for our growing recycling rate, as more programs spring up across the country. About 90 million people are served by curbside recycling programs, 80 percent of which include steel cans," said Bill Heenan, president of SCRI. "In addition, magnetic separation at resource recovery facilities is playing an increasingly important role."
 Florida is a great example of the effectiveness of both curbside recycling and magnetic separation at resource recovery facilities. More than half of Florida's steel cans are recycled, due in large 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. Florida also recycles steel cans through the majority of its curbside recycling programs.
 Within the overall steel can recycling rate, the following individual container rates have been determined:
 -- In 1992, more than 12 billion steel food cans (often called "tin" cans) were recycled. With a recycling rate of about 43.9 percent, the steel food can continues to be the nation's most recycled food container. In 1991, approximately 36.6 percent were recycled.
 -- The 1992 recycling rate for steel beverage cans (often called bimetal cans) was about 50.4 percent, meaning that more than half of all beverage cans were recycled. In 1991, approximately 46 percent were recycled.
 -- About 15 percent of all steel general line cans, which include empty paint and aerosol cans, were recycled last year. In 1991, about 12 percent were recycled.
 Another milestone for 1992 was the tonnage of steel cans recycled. This year was the first in which more than one million tons of steel cans were recycled. One million tons equates to about 14 billion steel cans.
 "In 1992, we recycled more than one million tons of steel cans. That's a lot of steel food, beverage, paint and aerosol cans to keep track of. As more and more programs commingle steel cans, it has become increasingly difficult to calculate recycling rates for individual types of steel cans," said Heenan. "We're pleased that 14 billion steel cans were recycled and that, after this year, we will no longer provide individual recycling rates for each type of steel container. With recovery rates like these, it is simply no longer possible."
 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 recycling offices, SCRI works directly with city and county recycling coordinators and solid waste managers, recycling center operators, intermediate processors and end market buyers.
 For more information on the following, please contact the SCRI:
 -- SCRI's Recycling Public Information Campaign;
 -- SCRI's Consumer Recycling Information Hotline;
 -- The Steel Recycling Partnership;
 -- SCRI's Scholarship Program and Educational Programs;
 -- Empty Paint and Aerosol Can Recycling;
 -- End Mar ?for Steel Can Recycling;
 -- History of Steel Recycling;
 -- Methods of Collecting Steel Cans for Recycling;
 -- Steel Can Recycling in Your Community; and
 -- SCRI's Seven Regional Recycling Offices.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Norton or Cyndi Braun, 800-876-SCRI, both of Steel Can Recycling Institute/


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