A universal problem that is being ignored
Years of reckless steel consumption has created a massive quantity of metal waste around the world. Moreover, we are rapidly running short of means to store it - cue the overloaded dumps and the spilling waste material on the streets. Yogesh Agarwal, Managing Director, Rimjhim Ispat Ltd says, “To deal with this problem, steel production houses around the world must pro-actively recycle their steel production wastes on a regular basis.”
Ever since the first industrial revolution, mankind has pillaged the planet hankering resources and consuming what they can. That presents a larger picture. At a closer look the lessons of morality and consumption seem to materialize in to rapidly emerging problems. Junkyards across the globe are rapidly reaching their capacity. And while the aquatic bodies are flooded with trucks of steel and plastic, the consumption doesn't seem to shrivel.
With the world population rising exponentially, waste generation is also increasing, which is expected to multiply in the coming years. As stated in a report by World Bank, humans will be creating a staggering 13 million tonnes of debris per day by 2050. With no place to dump that waste, the next generations of mankind will be forced to live in and around toxic waste.
That said, the situation is not completely lost. There is still a light in the darkest corner. In some countries around the world, recycling waste is becoming a common practice. With environmentally-conscious individuals, endeavoring to trim down their personal waste - governments around the world are implementing progressive measures to curb their carbon footprints. However, these efforts are not enough. The problem of undue waste of the last few decades cannot be resolved through individual recycling alone.
Heavy industries dealing in steel production, automobile manufacturing, ship-building and chemical production are some of the world’s biggest miscreants for waste generation, and must immediately focus on their waste management policies. Blazing a trail among these heavy industries is the steel recycling business, which involves safely disposing of steel and salvaging its reusable components. As authorities around the world need sustainable alternatives to traditional steel-disposing practices, the steel recycling industry is set to thrive.
“The steel recycling practice requires comparatively lesser energy than its production from iron ore. It is also a much economical way to produce the metal,” explains Agarwal. So far, steel recycling is energy efficient as well as cost-effective.
These major environmental concerns aside, it is evident that the steel recycling industry must rejig its operations to maintain and ensure an efficient and stable production environment. Focused on transforming the industry for the better, it is advised that steel manufacturers must improve their recycling practices. It is the duty of all from metal producers to recyclers and consumers, being compliant with rules and standards in the most effective manner.
“Gradually, steel recycling could shed its outdated image and becoming a strictly green endeavor to bolster the steel industry,” claims Yogesh Agarwal. Enhanced steel recycling practices must now become the custom, not the exception.
Stories by Ranjeet Wadhwa