How a scrap metal recycler became the world’s most sustainable corporation

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Alaska Junk Company began in 1906 as a scrap metal business in Portland, Oregon. Now more than a century later, the company (renamed Schnitzer Steel) has been named the world’s most sustainable corporation of 2023. It’s only the second recycling company and the first steelmaking company to earn the top spot in the Global 100 since its inception in 2005, highlighting the growing importance of both the circular economy and low-carbon metals in creating a more sustainable future. Learn how the company rose to the top even though steel is one of the world’s most carbon-intensive products.

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