Since 1988, North America has recycled more than 1 billion tons of steel, according to a report from the Steel Recycling Institute, a trade organization that tracks recycling trends. It also states that steel is the region’s most recycled material and more of it is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic combined. Steel has the advantage of being relatively easy to reclaim from the waste stream using magnets. Recycled steel is also valuable in that it can be continuously reused without losing its material properties, according to an article in Machine Design magazine.