Steel, material flows, and globalisation: by-product optimisation and waste management in today's steel industry

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MacKillop, F.. 2012. "Steel, material flows, and globalisation: by-product optimisation and waste management in today's steel industry." Metallurgical Research and Technology. 109 (3), pp. 139-147. https://doi.org/10.1051/metal/2012013
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Steel, material flows, and globalisation: by-product optimisation and waste management in today's steel industry

ERA Journal ID4831
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AuthorMacKillop, F.
Journal TitleMetallurgical Research and Technology
Revue de Metallurgie
Journal Citation109 (3), pp. 139-147
Number of Pages9
Year2012
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom
ISSN0035-1563
1156-3141
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1051/metal/2012013
Web Address (URL)http://journals.cambridge.org/10.1051/metal/2012013
Abstract

This paper addresses issues of material flows in a selection of modern steel plants, especially the generation of wastes, from a social sciences perspective. I analyse key factors structuring waste management decisions through the case of 'problem' wastes arising at a steel company’s plants. I discuss how some materials come to be construed as more problematical than others from a material and technological point of view, but also by taking into account organisational and legislative issues, in order to show that the construction of the 'waste' category needs to be envisioned as resulting from a matrix of socio-material causes.

Keywordswaste; steel industry; material flows; modern steel plants; socio-material; problem waste
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401408. Manufacturing processes and technologies (excl. textiles)
401102. Environmentally sustainable engineering
401407. Manufacturing management
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Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

This paper originally delivered at the SAM2 Conference in Nantes, France, in April 2008

Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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