Electric Arc Furnace Dust

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Electric Arc Furnace Dust

At Metals Chemicals Maastricht (MCM), we aim to contribute to sustainability. As a recycling company of zinc containing furnace residues, we bridge the gap between waste and resources, breathing new life into materials that were once seen as discardable. We aim to be a contributor to a sustainable future for industries across the spectrum. One way of doing this is by recycling furnace residues.

Furnace residues, often seen as waste byproducts, hold value to us as a recycling company. We recognize that these residues are far from insignificant, and can contribute as a resource to the creation of something new with less environmental impact. By doing so, we play a vital role in redirecting these materials back into the production cycle, reducing the need for virgin resources and curbing the carbon footprint of industries.

Furnace residues are the solid materials that remain after various materials undergo combustion in industrial furnaces. These residues are formed as a result of the chemical reactions that occur during the combustion process.

The composition of furnace residues depends on several factors, such as the presence of impurities and the combustion process and temperature used. These residues may contain minerals, metals, and various compounds, depending on the original raw material. Due to their varied composition, furnace residues have different properties and potential applications.

One of the furnace residues that we as MCM especially focus on is EAF dust. EAF dust is generated in electric arc furnaces, which are commonly used in the recycling of scrap steel to produce new steel products. The electric arc furnace contains high temperatures that oxidize certain components in the scrap steel, which turn into dust particles. EAF dust contains various elements, such as iron, zinc, lead, and other metals, as well as potentially hazardous substances like cadmium and chromium.

Due to its composition, EAF dust is often considered a hazardous waste. Thus, this requires proper management and disposal of EAF dust to prevent environmental contamination and human health risks. At MCM, we have the knowledge, experience and procedures to organize the transport of hazardous waste materials in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. To support our business partners in the best possible way we can assist to ensure compliance with legislation to recycling of the waste. We do have the right contacts with the authorities regarding these reporting processes. If there is a need, we can provide you with all required support concerning the notification process.

In recent years, efforts have been made to find ways to recycle and recover valuable materials from EAF dust. Various technologies and processes are being explored to extract metals like zinc and lead from the dust for reuse, which can contribute to more sustainable steelmaking practices and reduce the environmental impact of this residue.

As a company dedicated to preserve the environment, we invite businesses of all sizes to join us in shaping a greener tomorrow. By partnering with MCM, you align your operations with sustainable practices that not only reduce waste but also position your brand as a responsible leader in your industry. Our commitment to reliability, innovation, and integrity ensures that your journey toward sustainability is smooth and impactful. Through our expertise, technology, and passion, we are able to unlock value from these residues, transforming them into assets that drive profitability, reduce environmental impact, and foster a sense of purposeful growth.

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