Waste & Recycling

Primary resources and waste recycling

From recovering the metallic content of our melting shop dust to our commitment to becoming a zero-waste company, it’s no stretch to say that Aperam is a recycling champion.

> Steel is an endlessly reusable product, meaning it is an input in both our industrial process and our end product. This is a unique property, and one that Aperam is fully committed to optimising. Recyco, our European recycling unit, is dedicated to recovering and treating the metallic content from melting shop dust and sending it back for reuse. Furthermore, to become a zero-waste company, all our units are working to address the hazardous wastes that they produce, especially the slags, dust and acids.

> We are also active promoters of a circular economy, recycling scrap into our production but also such external wastes as tires or cans. See our report to know more. In 2019, 24% of our overall production input came from recycled sources and in terms of metal input, some of our products contain over 80% metallic scrap. This is especially true for the stainless steels melt in Genk and Châtelet, with our austenitics often reaching levels beyond 89%.

> This is all in line with our aim to become a zero-waste (for landfill) company. Less than 6% of our by-products were sent to the landfill in 2019, with the remainder being reused, recycled or stored for future recycling (see graph, right).