Steel, The Most Recycled Metal In The World

Steel is the world’s most recycled construction metal, and an estimated 40% of all steel production is based on recycled scrap. Over 500 million tonnes of steel are multi-cycled worldwide each year. Approximately 85% of structural steel is recycled and used as a scrap charge in furnaces, and 12% is used directly for new structures. Only 3% of all steel is lost to landfills or rust. Compared to other materials – such as concrete – when steel is removed during the building demolition, nothing is left un-salvaged. That means there is no residue to pollute the site in years to come – it has all been salvaged. Research shows that when steel is used instead of concrete in demolition and construction, steel offers a 19% reduction in CO2 footprint.

Steel is an iron alloy comprising of metals and non-metals, including carbon, iron, and tin. Like most metals, including aluminium, copper, and brass, it can be continuously recycled without damaging or degrading its properties—no matter the product or form it takes.

Reasons why to recycle steel

  • Steel is a metal that can be infinitely recycled and is 100% recyclable without loss of quality.
  • Steel scrap can be converted into high-value steel by using processing and metallurgy.
  • Oxygen furnaces can be charged with up to 30% steel scrap.
  • Electric furnaces can be charged with 100% steel scrap.
  • New steel products contain an average of 37% recycled steel.
  • Today’s steel can become tomorrow’s trains, cans, buildings or bridges.
    Although we try to recycle as much steel as possible, there is still not enough recycled steel to meet the demand for new steel products.

While many steel products such as vehicles and packaging have a short to medium service life, large-scale products (bridges, buildings) are designed to last decades or centuries.

The most recycled metal in the world

Steel is straightforward to recycle; it is the most recycled material and the most sustainable metal in the world.

Steel and the circular economy

All available scrap steel is recycled over and over again to create new materials. Recycled steel maintains all properties of the original steel.

Construction industry

The steel used in construction has a very high rate of recycling at the end of life. For example, 87% of construction Steel in the UK is recycled, 10% is reused, and only 3% goes to landfill.

Recycling steel saves energy and reduces pollution

Recycling one ton of steel can save:

  • 1.5 tonnes of iron ore
  • 0.5 tonnes of coke
  • 1.28 tonnes of solid waste
  • Reduces air emissions by 86%
  • Reduces water pollution by 76%

When looking at the packaging, it is essential to remember that food and drinks cans are not the only forms of steel packaging. From watercolours to biscuits to industrial paint, many products can be packaged in attractively decorated and different shaped steel containers. Scrap steel saves up to 74% of the energy needed to make new steel from virgin materials.

What is the difference between stainless steel and steel?

The difference between stainless steel and steel is its magnetic properties. Steel is highly magnetized, while stainless steel holds no magnetic properties at all. Steel is classed as ferrous metal as it contains iron (making it ferromagnetic), whereas stainless steel is a non-ferrous metal containing no iron and, thus, no magnetic properties.

Stainless Steel is known for corrosion resistance and has a higher melting point than other steel metals. That is why it is commonly used in healthcare equipment, food production, cars, and construction projects. On the other hand, steel will more commonly be found in household products such as hangers and appliances.

How much is scrap steel worth?

Steel prices change daily due to market supply and demand. Feel free to give us a call for an up to date metal price estimate for your scrap steel.

Where can I scrap steel?

Reclamet’s scrap yard is based in Birchington, Thanet, Kent. Taking your scrap steel directly to a yard will enable us to check the quality and weight before offering you a price on-site.

We also offer a local iron collection service for larger quantities of scrap metal covering Thanet and surrounding areas of Kent, including Acol, Ashford, Birchington, Broadstairs, Brooks End, Canterbury, Cliffsend, Cliftonville, Deal, Dover, Ebbsfleet, Faversham, Flete, Folkestone, Garlinge, Manston, Margate, Minster, Monkton, Newington, Palm Bay, Ramsgate, Reading Street, Sarre, Sevenscore, Sittingbourne, St Nicholas-at-Wade, St Peter’s, Westbrook, Westwood, Westgate-on-Sea and Whitstable.

Call Reclamet, The steel recycling specialists you  can rely on:

Call: 01843 823554 / 01843 823224

Reclamet – The Recycling Centre
Woodchurch Road,
Woodchurch, Birchington,
Thanet, Kent, England. CT7 0HL

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Reclamet reviews

Great service from Tony in the tyre department cheers

adrian burford
adrian burford2021-07-31

Always good professional service would highly recommend 👌

Albert Snelson
Albert Snelson2021-07-31

Very good service and cheap.

John Sani
John Sani2021-07-31

Really friendly and helpful.

Keith Reading
Keith Reading2021-06-30

A good experience, we needed two part warm tyres for the wife, we turned up, the tyres fitted and we drove away 30 minutes late job done. 🙂

John Gregory
John Gregory2021-06-30

Excellent customer service and communication. Prompt pick up of old car and all personnel were friendly and professional.

Sarah Trigg
Sarah Trigg2021-05-31

Good price for scrap metal.

Found the experience very easy and all staff i dealt with were very helpfull

Jerry Borrie
Jerry Borrie2021-04-30

Excellent service they had exactly what I needed.

Gary Gould
Gary Gould2021-04-30

Brought my car in to be scrapped and was offered a fair price, much more than i expected to get for my mini. The owner of the business - Stuart was very helpful along with the girls in the office and the weighbridge. Would happily recommend to friends and family.

Verity Smith
Verity Smith2021-04-30

Great place found the staff very helpful and pleasant would definitely recommend them

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chris obrien2021-04-30

Fabulous service and very straight forward. I found Stuart to be immensely helpful and knowledgeable.

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Andy Morrison2021-04-30

Fantastic service. Recommended.


Excellent service from start to finish. A special mention to Sacha and Gus for their professional and helpful approach.

luke stevens
luke stevens2021-04-30

Fantastic business to trade with. Stuart and the team are all extremely helpful, would highly recommend

Daniel O'Brien
Daniel O'Brien2021-04-30

Was unsure where to begin with locating a certain part, was recommended to Reclamet and now wouldn't go anywhere else, easy and quick process to buy what I was looking for.

Leon W
Leon W2021-04-30

Booked in for my car to be collected. very efficient, well organized with no issues, money paid straight into my account the same day. The driver was very helpful and polite. Would happily use this company again.

Margate Missy
Margate Missy2021-04-30

Needed a few parts for my van a week ago kieran was very helpful and knowledgeable part fits and works thanks for the help highly recommended extremely professional and outstanding customer service

Adam Burkett
Adam Burkett2021-03-18

Very happy with the service I received. Helpful and friendly, even changed the battery for me. Would try them for parts fist before anywhere else.

Craig Alexander
Craig Alexander2020-11-27

Honest, great communication, great prices. Friendly. I had a damaged catalytic converter from an attempted theft and Reclamet was the only company that had adequate communication and was not dodgy as most of the other scrap metal dealers seemed. So it was well-worth my drive from central London to Kent to get the £784 they paid me for the catalytic converter. Impressive :-)

Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson2020-11-27

Friendly staff helpful and have most things in stock

Sam Small
Sam Small2020-11-20

Great people to do business with.

Steve Ranger
Steve Ranger2020-11-20

Always go for puncture repairs, £10. Also do new and part worn tyres

Mark Wilcox
Mark Wilcox2020-11-11

Absolutely brilliant, needed some steel re-bar for a project, super friendly staff, let me pick out what I needed. Excellent, highly recommended. Will come back!

Bambi Sham
Bambi Sham2020-11-11

I needed a part for my car but didn't want to pay through the nose. i went to the shop and they found the part i needed quickly. i was very happy with my purchase.

Justin Evans
Justin Evans2020-11-11

Brilliant service

Terri Green
Terri Green2020-10-11

Very friendly both over the phone and in person. Had all the parts I needed. Matt was extremely helpful and went out his way to find all the parts I needed.


Got new wheel for my fiat 500 less than third of price as another dealer, highly recommend

Lucy Bryant
Lucy Bryant2020-08-11

Bought two new tires, balanced and fittedStaff are professional and courteous.

Alex Broadley
Alex Broadley2020-08-11

Bought a car from them no problems at all highly recommend to all.

Nigel Nelly
Nigel Nelly2020-03-11

Great service, no problems had a new tyre fitted, and new headlight for my car. Very reasonable prices. Staff polite and helpful. Will use again.

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Vicky xxx2020-02-11

Great price, quick job, excellent all round.

Chris Hazelden
Chris Hazelden2019-12-11

Brilliant service as always,Good price and fitting.

Adam Messenger
Adam Messenger2019-12-11

Saying goodbye to my faithful old car was a wrench but the man at the kiosk was so kind. Excellent service, no mucking around but understanding. Good rate for scrap too. Thank you.

Davina Holness
Davina Holness2018-12-11

Good as gold every time I visit.

Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer2018-04-01

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