Our Business Value
Without metals recycling, many product life cycles, in industries such as construction and automotive, take resources from the cradle to the grave. In such cases the product life cycle begins with extraction, where virgin ore is mined from the earth. The ore is then manufactured into new products, and products are distributed, sold, and put to use. At the end of their life cycles, these products are sent to landfills.
Thanks to companies like Schnitzer, fewer non-renewable resources are needed. Salvaged materials stay out of landfills and instead become inputs for new products. Each of our businesses contributes to our cradle-to-cradle business model.