Steel as a circular economy

30th September 2019

Whether for bridges, power plants, stadiums or office blocks, steel continues to be a crucial construction material. Thankfully, the basic raw material of steel is one of the most abundant of all of earth’s elements, with centuries of supply remaining.

However, it is important to remember that these resources are not infinite. The need for steel is only going to increase as urban populations expand, putting pressure on the industry to satisfy demand. To guarantee its use for future generations, a sustainable model is key.

Fortunately, steel can be recycled with no degradation of quality, making it a ‘permanent material’. In fact, sustainability is ingrained into steel products all along the supply chain. This includes everything from the responsible sourcing of raw materials to a manufacturing process dedicated to the continuous improvement in the production of modern constructions.

These efforts are spearheaded by the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BSCA). Through their Steel Construction Sustainability Charter (SCSC), the organisation strives to ensure that steel is developed as a sustainable form of construction. Their efforts consider the economic viability, social progress and environmental responsibility of the industry.

At Cleveland Bridge Group, we share the same vision for the future of the steel industry. As such, we are committed to a circular economy for our steel. This means that we aim to either recycle, remanufacture or reuse every piece of steel for new construction projects. From melting down bars to repurposing girders, our ultimate goal is to make sure that not even a scrap of steel goes to waste.

When we undertake a bridge improvement project, for example, we use as much of the existing steel as possible. To extend the old steel’s lifespan, we apply the latest in protective coating application to the structure, which lasts well beyond 30 years before requiring any further maintenance.

Additionally, steel bridges are durable and adaptable to changes in configuration and increased loading that would have rendered other types of structures obsolete. This allows us to add new steel, ensuring that it works with the old steel, without compromising the bridge’s infrastructure.

Experts in quality, pioneers in best practice. Cleveland Bridge Group continues to satisfy the world’s increasing demand for steel, without excess wastage.

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