- Every day, Americans use enough steel and tin cans to make a steel
pipe running from Los Angeles to New York and back.
- 37 billion steel cans weighing 2,654,892 tons were used in the U.S.
- 97% of all steel cans are used for food.
- The average American uses 142 steel cans per year.
- About 11.5 million tons of ferrous (e.g., steel and iron) waste was
generated in the U.S. in 1994.
- Americans throw away enough iron and steel to continuously supply
the nation's automakers.
- Ferrous metals constituted 5.5% of the 1994 U.S. municipal solid
waste stream by weight.
- In 1994, approximately 53.1% of all steel cans and 27.8% of steel
packaging materials, such as strapping, were recycled. The overall rate
of ferrous metal recovery was about 25.2%.
- Steel food and beverage cans are recycled into a variety of products
including new cans, bicycle frames, and even new cars.
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