CLEVELAND – On November 29, 2012, the City of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal Cleveland will hold a gun melt to recycle more than 300 guns from various sources, including those surrendered at the 2012 Cleveland Gun Buy-Back. On Saturday, October 20, 2012, citizens exchanged firearms for gift cards in addition to tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers and Monsters game and an entry into a raffle for a chance to win up to $1,000.
“ArcelorMittal is proud to partner in the efforts to make our communities safer. Our support of the gun buyback program is a natural extension of our commitment to make Greater Cleveland a safer place for our employees and neighbors. We are pleased to melt down the collected weapons and recycle them into consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives. In fact, the guns we melt could eventually become washing machines, car parts or refrigerators,” said Eric Hauge, Vice President & , General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.
Following a media briefing, the guns will be placed into the No. 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace iron ladle and will be melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten iron, along with scrap, is then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel.