Metals recycling saves CO2, energy, and reduces reliance on extracting raw materials. By closing the loop in the value chain, recycling prevents landfill and incineration of valuable critical raw materials, which can have a detrimental impact on the environment and human health e.g., pollution of natural waters.
Metals recycling saves between 60-95% of the energy needed compared to mining new raw materials. The use of recycled metals in new production reduces air pollution by 80%, water pollution by 76% and water use by 40%.
The EU only produces about 3% of the raw materials required to sustain the growing demand for metals. Yet, failures in the regulatory and market framework mean that recyclers do not compete on the same level playing field as producers extracting new raw materials – despite recycling’s significant energy and CO2 savings.
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