Think of our 175-ton ladles as giant recycling bins.
The ladles contain melted down scrap metal that is used to make our high-quality clean steel. We recycle the equivalent of 1.35 million automobiles a year, plus up to 400,000 tons of scrap steel from our own operations.
Using recycled steel saves enough energy to power as many as 150,000 households annually.
Today is Earth Day, but here are some great examples of how TimkenSteel goes above and beyond routine environmental compliance every day.
We are keenly focused on:
- reducing energy consumption
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- reducing environmental risks
- reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills
- increasing the volume of material we recycle
Energy improvement comes in many different forms at TimkenSteel. We are saving energy in our plants by simply shutting off pumps and other process equipment when it is not needed. In office buildings and plants, we've retrofitted more than 300 fixtures to energy-efficient LED lighting over the past few years, and plan to retrofit at least 200 more in the near future. Finally, installing new equipment like our jumbo bloom vertical caster has made our entire steel-making process even more efficient.
TimkenSteel's overall focus on energy reduction resulted in a carbon savings of 15,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2015. Further, our melt facilities rank 11th and 12th out of 106 members in the World Steel Organization for lowest CO2 intensity.
Water Treatment Initiative
As a reflection of our environmental achievement, we received Gold and Silver Environmental Excellence Awards by the Ohio EPA in July 2015. The Ohio EPA news release notes substantive decreases in chemical use and waste generation at our water treatment plant. In 2015, our water treatment plant processed more than 7 billion gallons of water, and of that we discharged more than 1 billion gallons of clean water back to the environment, recycling the rest in our process.
Last month, TimkenSteel was named only one of two finalists for the 2016 American Metal Market (AMM) Awards for Steel Excellence in the Environmental Responsibility Stewardship category. The nomination features our water treatment plant and our initiative to improve the cleaning process of the wastewater received from the Harrison, Gambrinus and Faircrest plants.
Recycling on Earth Day
You can be part of our steel-making process which begins with metal recycling. Do you have an old washer or dryer you plan on putting in the trash? Did you get a new grill and don't know what to do with your old one? Consider taking it to City Scrap & Salvage.
Located in Akron, Ohio, City Scrap & Salvage was purchased in 2011 by TSB Metal Recycling, a wholly owned subsidiary of TimkenSteel. City Scrap buys and recycles all types of scrap metal, from auto parts and aluminum siding to stainless steel and appliances.
To celebrate Earth Day, City Scrap is paying a slightly higher price for recycling aluminum cans through April 23. Aluminum cans are the most popular scrap item taken to City Scrap, but there are dozens of everyday items made of metal you can recycle – even your car! Here's a partial list of scrap items they accept:
- Washers and dryers
- Auto parts
- Sheet iron
- Miscellaneous scrap metal
- Hot water tanks
- Power cords and light cords