Magnesium recycling in the United States in 1998

Circular 1196-E



As concern for the environment has grown in recent years, the importance of recycling has become more evident. The more materials that are recycled, the fewer natural resources will be consumed and the fewer waste products will end up in landfills, the water, and the air. As one of a series of reports on metals recycling, this report discusses the 1998 flow of magnesium in the United States from extraction through its uses with particular emphasis on recycling. In 1998, the recycling efficiency for magnesium was estimated to be 33 percent--almost 60 percent of the magnesium that was recycled came from new scrap, primarily waste from die-casting operations. The principal source of old scrap was recycled aluminum beverage cans.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Magnesium recycling in the United States in 1998
Series title Circular
Series number 1196
Chapter E
DOI 10.3133/cir1196E
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2002
Language ENGLISH
Description p. E1-E12
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Flow studies for recycling metal commodities in the United States
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