Due to its resistance to corrosion and staining, as well as needing little maintenance, most stainless steel products have long useful lives. The average life of stainless steel products is in the range of 15-25 years and, for some applications, much longer. For example, the Chrysler Building is over 80 years old! Stainless steel products contribute towards renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, reduction in environmental impact, and safe food and beverage production. There are many types of stainless steel to suit a wide range of applications. Chosen and used correctly, they can make a major contribution to sustainability.
Stainless Steel and Recycling
Stainless steel is 100 % recyclable. When products reach the end of their useful lives, over 80 % of the stainless steel is collected and recycled. The recycling of stainless steel is a large and profitable industry.
Bridges are made to last - usually for more than a century. However, conventional bridge materials require regular re-painting or repair, which is extremely costly and causes traffic disruptions. Stainless steel bridges provide a virtually maintenance free solution even in the most demanding environments like seaside locations in hot and humid tropical climates.
In airports people are in constant movement, going through shops, gates and concourses. Stainless steel is being incorporated into both the interiors and the exteriors of airports because of its pleasing aesthetic but also because of its structural strength, cleanability, corrosion resistance, scratch and impact resistance.
"Extracted from Team Stainless Steel for a Sustainable Future"