Raw materials

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Primary and secondary raw materials keep the economy running

Primary raw materials are extracted from natural resources, mostly through very complex production processes. Higher energy consumption, large quantities of CO2 emissions and the problem that many resources are limited come into effect here. If residues and waste are processed, many recyclable materials can be reused in production processes as secondary materials.

The value of important raw materials is retained

In many cases, secondary raw materials can be recycled without quality losses and made into new products. Moreover, the energy input is considerably lower when materials are recycled, and no waste (such as excavation material) is generated in the first place.

The recycling of non-ferrous metals, iron, plastics, glass, and many other raw materials keeps industry going with the least environmental impact. Today, there is a European-wide network for the professional reuse and wholesale trade of reusable materials in order to ensure that the required quantities are available at any time.

SECONTRADE provides a Platform for profitable trade in secondary raw materials.

Secondary raw materials are of outstanding economic significance

Companies trading in secondary raw materials are important industry suppliers and make sure that valuable materials can be reused. The actual wholesale trade holds great importance for national economies and is often underrated. According to estimates of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, the trading volume amounts to approx. 2 billion Euros. (Source: WKO - Sekundärrohstoffhandel)

Recycling has become a significant competitive factor, especially when countries lack raw materials and have to import them. Recycling companies focussing on this area stand a good chance of increasing the pace of their growth considerably on account of rising primary raw material prices.

Conservation of resources through reuse

Secondary raw materials save the environment in more than one sense. For each recycled tonne of steel and iron scrap, there are 1.5 tonnes less that need to be mined as iron ore. Emissions are significantly reduced: with each tonne of steel scrap, one tonne of CO2 is saved. The efficiency of recycling other raw materials is almost just as high.

3,291,400 t CO2 saved 1t of secondary raw materials = 1t C02

Raw materials recycling in Austria t/a

2,600,000 t Scrap metal
317,000 t Glass
292,000 t Plastic packaging materials
82,400 t Old electric appliances
Source: rundgehts

Sustainable raw materials use

The supply of critical metals is becoming ever more important. To satisfy the growing demand, Europe is increasingly counting on closed economic cycles and the recycling of precious raw materials. Natural raw materials sources are limited, and high-quality treatment makes sure they are not lost.

Recycling instead of wastage

The recycling of raw materials benefits the environment at all levels. Landfill quantities, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution are reduced significantly. With appropriate treatment, a crucial contribution to the conservation of resources can be made.

Reduction Energy Use

Energy consumption of Aluminum Aluminum 90–97%
Energy consumption of steel Steel 47–74%
Energy consumption of paper Paper 23–74%
Energy consumption of glass Glass 4–32%

Reduction Air pollution

Air pollution of Aluminum Aluminum 95%
Air pollution of steel Steel 85%
Air pollution of paper Paper 74%
Air pollution of glass Glass 20%

Reduction Water pollution

water pollution of Aluminum Aluminum 97%
water pollution of steel Steel 76%
water pollution of paper Paper 35%

Reduction Mining wastes

spoil pollution of Aluminum Aluminum 99%
spoil pollution of steel Steel 97%
spoil pollution of glass Glass 80%

Reduktion Water use

water consumption of steel Steel 40%
water consumption of paper Paper 58%
water consumption of glass Glass 50%
Source: World Resources Forum, p. 194

Trading raw materials at SECONTRADE

All secondary raw materials on offer are recovered through the processing of waste. The vendors on the Platform supply the market with materials of the required quality, also providing the necessary individual certificates. All bidders thus benefit from the highest-quality raw materials at most attractive process.

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