Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. As it is not coated with any toxic material it does not produce toxic run-off. You can make a positive difference by choosing stainless steel over non-recyclable materials.
Stainless steel uses scrap metal as its primary raw material during production, with up to 70% of the product coming from recycled material. Increased efficiency in process technology has also decreased the amount of energy required to manufacture stainless steel.
Even if stainless steel is not recycled and it does find its way to a landfill or disposal site, it will have no detrimental effect to the soil or groundwater.
Stainless Steel is the preferred material for green building throughout the world. Its impact on the environment is minimal when compared to other materials and its life impact reduces significantly as it used and recycled.