About 22,000 weapons were melted down in Belgium recently, yielding 60 tonnes of recycled steel.

The weapons were collected from Belgian citizens in half of the cases. The other half were no longer in use police guns.

Carina van Cauter, governor of East Flanders, said in a statement: “The result is impressive: 22,457 firearms have disappeared from our society… It is obviously positive for the security of our citizens that these weapons are no longer in use.”

According to Reuters, this is the third time the Belgian police force has collaborated with the steel company ArcelorMittal to recycle weapons, with this operation taking three days to complete.

“Steel is endlessly recyclable without loss of quality. For us, steel is the cornerstone for a sustainable circular economy,” Karen Warnier of ArcelorMittal told Het Nieuwsblad.

(see a Reuters video about this storey.)

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