Material properties Steel is 100% recyclable The material can be used in a variety of ways and variably for alloying, post-treatment and further processing in all possible product chains. Steel is magnetic, making it easy to sort and separate. Steel can be easily cut, separated, pressed and transported. There are already established and functioning return systems and innovative (steel scrap) reprocessors. In Germany, around 60 percent of the production value in the manufacturing sector is steel-intensive.