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Recycled Metals in the United States: A Sustainable Resource.


PB95228185

Publication Date 1993
Page Count 92
Abstract The metal forms of the metallic elements are almost the only mineral-derived materials that are recycled on a commercially and environmentally important scale. In 1990 secondary (recycled) metals produced in the United States were worth $37 billion, only $2 billion less than the value of primary (newly mined) metals. Twenty-two metals for which secondary recovery is important, in terms of quantity and/or value, are shown in the table below. Also included are the six platinum metals, represented as a group. In both quantity and value, iron, with its myriad steel alloys, is more important than all other metals combined. Five metals--iron, aluminum, copper, lead, and zinc--account for well over 99% of the quantity and just over 92% of the value of all secondary metal produced.
Keywords
  • Metal recycling
  • Mineral economics
  • United States
  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Lead(Metal)
  • Magnesium
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickle
  • Platinum
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Tantalum
  • Tin
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc
Source Agency
  • Bureau of Mines
  • Government Printing Office Exhausted Stock
NTIS Subject Category
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
Corporate Authors Bureau of Mines, Washington, DC. Div. of Mineral Commodities.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Special pub.
NTIS Issue Number 199517
Recycled Metals in the United States: A Sustainable Resource.
Recycled Metals in the United States: A Sustainable Resource.
PB95228185

  • Metal recycling
  • Mineral economics
  • United States
  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Iron and steel industry
  • Lead(Metal)
  • Magnesium
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickle
  • Platinum
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Tantalum
  • Tin
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc
  • Bureau of Mines
  • Government Printing Office Exhausted Stock
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • 96A - Domestic Commerce, Marketing, & Economics
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