There are several other beneficial reasons for recycling shipping containers into homes rather than anything else. One of the most important of these reasons is the amount of energy its takes to repurpose them. To melt down 8,000 lb shipping container to make steel beams, for example, requires 8,000 kW-hrs of energy. The process of recycling that entire 8,000 lbs of steel into a shipping container home takes only 400 kW-hrs of energy or about 5% of the energy to melt it. We’re talking major energy savings ; less carbon footprint (more like carbon fingerprint).
Besides saving energy and money in a variety of ways, it is much kinder to the earth to recycle rather using shipping containers as landfill because steel is NOT exactly compostable material.