Fiscal Year 2019 Sustainability Report

Recycling Today for a
Sustainable Tomorrow

Less Waste. More Resources. Cleaner Air.

As one of North America’s largest recyclers of metal and a
manufacturer of steel from 100 percent recycled metal, we work every day
to help ensure a future with less waste, more natural resources, and cleaner air.
We turn the old into new, enable the obsolete to become reusable, and,
in the process, build better communities.

Here’s how.

Look at the bridge you cross, the road you drive on, and the building where you work.

Did you know that most of the steel used in today’s infrastructure projects is made from recycled metal? We recycle metal into rebar that finds new life in the construction of vital infrastructure to improve the quality of life for our communities and beyond.

Look at your old washing machine, an end-of-life vehicle, and a demolition project.

Did you know that these are sources of “scrap metal” that our recycling business processes and sells to steel mills, foundries, smelters, or ingot makers around the world? Our business helps extend the life of ferrous metal (which contains iron) and non-ferrous metal (which does not) indefinitely.

More metal recovery means less scrap in landfills and fewer virgin materials mined from the earth.

Since 2015, we have
processed and sold more than

20.9 million metric tons of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals

Steel made with scrap metal uses fewer resources than steel made with iron ore and coal.

40% less water
74% less energy
90% less virgin material

Remember that car you traded in years ago?

Our Pick-n-Pull stores make end-of-life vehicles available to consumers who find affordable, reusable components — think headlamps, transmissions, or steering wheels — to use in their vehicles, so they can keep moving and take care of the important things in life.

In Fiscal Year 2019:

What we keep out of landfills adds up.

1,702,343 gallons of fuel
597,373 tires
9.7 million pounds of batteries

Learn more about how Schnitzer helps
create a more sustainable world.

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