BIR Releases Updated Global Ferrous Statistics

Statistics collected by the BIR’s Ferrous Division are now available online.

June 21, 2012
Recycling Today Staff

The Ferrous Division of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Brussels, has released the third edition of its "World Steel Recycling in Figures" brochure.

The BIR had print versions of the 28-page brochure available in late May and early June at the BIR World Recycling Congress in Rome. A PDF file version of the brochure is available at

In a BIR news release, BIR Ferrous Division President Christian Rubach says the division is aware of the importance of reliable figures and will strive to continue to publish the statistics on both a yearly and quarterly basis.

Highlights of the newest annual report, according to Rolf Willeke, statistics advisor to the BIR Ferrous Division, include:

  • Covers the five-year period from 2007 to 2011;
  • Contains 31 graphs and tables, five more than the previous editiion;
  • New information includes figures for scrap consumption and export figures for the 27 European Union nations; and
  • New charts have been developed to help characterize steel scrap flows within the United States and the EU.

Among the findings in 2011 specifically, the BIR reports the world’s steelmakers consumed some 570 million metric tons of ferrous scrap in 2011 while the United States exported some 24.4 million metric tons in 2011.