For Earth Day, Gerdau looks at its successful ongoing recycling, green initiatives

Press release

This Earth Day, companies and individuals take a look at their impact on the environment and their use of natural resources. On a global, national, and local level Gerdau is committed to environmental sustainability.
Gerdau has implemented recycling initiatives at each of its special steel facilities in North America. At its Fort Smith, Ark. mill it recirculated or reused approximately 90% of the water used for production. The facility also reused 95.4% of superfluous materials generated (non-steel waste) in 2011, and has recycled more than 97% of these materials thus far in 2012. These materials, if not reused, would end up sent to landfills and disposals.
Additionally, Gerdau is quickly becoming one of the largest recyclers of scrap steel in the United States, and is already the largest scrap steel recycler in Latin America. The company recycles 15 million tons of scrap steel globally every year. The use of scrap for steel production contributes to the preservation of the environment by reducing energy consumption and preserving natural resources.
“We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to be responsible members of our community and the neighborhoods in which we live,” stated Jack Finlayson, president of Gerdau Special Steel North America. “Gerdau’s commitment to the environment includes promoting sustainable development as much as possible by investing in our environmental management system and dedicating ourselves to initiatives that make a positive impact in the community.”
Gerdau Special Steel North America is an engineered steel bar producer headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, with world-class steel manufacturing plants in Jackson and Monroe, Michigan and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The company produces SBQ (special bar quality) carbon and alloy hot rolled and bright cold finished steel bar products.
About Gerdau
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which together represent an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel per year. It is the largest recycler in Latin America and around the world it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year. Gerdau is listed on the stock exchanges of Sao Paulo, New York and Madrid and has approximately 140,000 shareholders. 
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