Nickel is a metal that is highly suitable for recycling. Stainless steel, which is the largest application for nickel, has a very high recovery rate. Due to the long-life of stainless steel, the life cycle of products made from stainless steel is fairly lengthy. Therefore, the quantity of nickel containing materials being recycled, relates to production levels from two or three decades ago. Only 1.5% of nickel-containing scrap goes into the production of primary nickel. The bulk of the scrap will go directly into meltshops for the production of new stainless steel. The recovery of nickel from scrap has been around. 350,000 tonnes in recent years, representing 25% of the total demand for primary nickel. The high price of nickel has encouraged recycling of the metal.