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How Our Operating Model Supports the Circular Economy

Graphic that shows the process of how our operating model supports the circular economy

1 In fiscal 2022.

Measuring Our Impact on the Circular Economy

In fiscal 2022, our teams processed, recovered, and recycled materials across a growing supply chain.

Approximately 800,000 end-of-life vehicles

1.3M metric tons of material from end-of-
life vehicles, including:

Pie chart that shows metric tons of material from end-of-life vehicles
  • 57% steel
  • 14% plastic
  • 12% cast aluminum
  • 4% aluminum alloys
  • 4% rubber
  • 3% copper/brass
  • 3% other
  • 1% glass

9,000 metric tons of end-of-life railcars

16,000 mercury

23M pounds of

8.8M pounds of tires

900,000 gallons
of engine oils and
hydraulic fluids

Nearly 19,000 metric tons of mixed recyclables
including bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard

1.6M gallons of
gasoline diesel fuels

55,000 metric tons
of appliances

Chairman & CEO Message How Schnitzer Creates Value Recycled Materials and Circular Economy Supporting Circular Economy Our Operational Footprint Managing ESG at Schnitzer Sustainability Governance and Principles Stakeholder Engagement Sustainability Goals Meeting Demand for Recycled Metals Advanced Recovery Technologies Environmental Management Climate Action Through Emissions Reduction Indirect Emissions Net Zero Carbon Emissions Steel Water Conservation Biodiversity Safety A Conversation with Suresh Rajapakse Culture Benchmarking Diversity Employee Resource Groups Engaging Employees Everyday Ethics & Compliance Training, Education, Development & Recognition Health & Wellness Cultivating Community Supporting Children & Families Engaging Tomorrow’s Workforce Addressing Food Insecurity Environmental Advocacy

How Our Operating Model Supports the Circular Economy

This graphic shows the process of how our operating model supports the circular economy. We recycle metals and then distribute them through our transportation network to smelter and foundry customers around the world. We also use some of the recycled metal in our mill operation to create new finished steel products. The recycled metals are used for infrastructure as well as vehicles, vehicle batteries, appliances, and renewable energy generation. At the end-of-life for these finished products, the metal can once again go through our recycling operations. For vehicles, our automotive and dismantling and retail stores also offer automotive parts to consumers for reuse.

Metals Recycling - Schnitzer


Smelters & Foundries

Steel Manufacturing – Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc.

Consumer Use

Auto Dismantling and Retail Stores – Pick-n-Pull

1 In fiscal 2022.