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In 50 Years All Drainage Will Be Stainless

Considered together, product life, product cost, and the environment all call for stainless steel. Stainless steel can be recycled into new materials and products, and it is a non-toxic material. Furthermore, it requires no painting or coating, making recycling even easier and cleaner.

BLÜCHER recognizes its responsibility towards the environment. Our goals are to minimize emissions and waste as well as to use raw materials and energy efficiently. Transportation is the most important source of CO2 emissions. The level of emission is dependent on the volume and weight of the goods carried. A stainless steel drainage system weighs only one third of a cast-iron drainage system. So a reduction of cargo weight in turn reduces CO2.

This lower weight also offers numerous benefits to health and safety at work. First and foremost installation becomes easier, and less manpower is required to carry out the installation work.

Stainless steel as a material has many environmental benefits in its production, use and recyclability. Stainless steel, because of its tensile strength, can be manufactured as a thinner material than other metallic systems. Because it is corrosion resistant, it allows avoidance of alternative materials that require more maintenance or earlier replacement. It is fire resistant and hygienic – its non-toxic, smooth surfaces are easily cleaned and sterilized. With no degradation over use, it can be recycled indefinitely without loss of properties. And because of its high value as a scrap metal, there is a strong stainless steel recycling industry.


Benefits of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel as a material has many environmental benefits in its production, use and recyclability.

Features Benefits
Tensile strength Can use thinner material than other metallic systems because of high strength to weight ratio.
Corrosion resistant Avoids the use of alternative materials that require more maintenance or earlier replacement
Hygienic Non toxic, smooth surfaces, easily cleaned and sterilised
Low maintenance Reduction in cleaning
Long lifetime No replacement needed
Whole life cycle costs Long life, minimal maintenance and strong residual
Fire resistant Withstands high temperatures
100% recyclable Not used in landfill
No degradation Can be recycled indefinitely without loss of properties
High value scrap price Strong stainless steel recycling industry
New material contains 70% recycled material Reduces the need for primary raw material and makes an above average contribution to global environmental protection by reducing the depletion of non-renewable resources. Producing -from scrap rather than primary resources significantly reduces energy used, CO2 emissions and waste.