The Role of the Metallurgical Industry in the Recycling-Based Society

T. Nakamura

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Abstract

Suppression of the explosion of the world population and the surprising increase of waste and emissions are major targets confronting mankind in this century. Recycling and waste minimisation are key words for sustainable development in a highly industrial society. The argument is really whether or not recycling done well is the solution to the environment problem for the following generation. If energy is not necessary in the recycling, all materials have to be recycled. The greatest interest among the environmental issues is the regulation of CO2 emission. It must be recognised that it is not possible to completely renew expended energy. Some of the recycling systems currently used are thought to increase the load on the environment rather than to be beneficial. Although metal industries have consumed tremendous amount of energy and discharged a large quantity of CO2 and solid waste, the metals have supported a high quality of life. The metal production industries such as the iron and steel industry and the non-ferrous metals industry can work well recycling of not only metals but also other materials without consuming more energy. Waste plastics, for example, are use as a reductant in a blast furnace. The role of metallurgical industry in the recycling-based society is introduced in the present paper to recognise how the metal industries can contribute recycling and waste minimisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages21-27
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 1
EventGreen Processing 2002 - Proceedings: International Conference on the Sustainable Processing of Minerals - Cairns, QLD., Australia
Duration: 2002 May 292002 May 31

Other

OtherGreen Processing 2002 - Proceedings: International Conference on the Sustainable Processing of Minerals
CountryAustralia
CityCairns, QLD.
Period02/5/2902/5/31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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