Saving of raw materials and energy by not having to first extract the iron from the ore. Avoiding the pollution problems in the extraction of iron from the ore. Not having to find space to dump the unwanted iron if it wasn't recycled. (Offsetting these to a minor extent) Energy and pollution costs in collecting and transporting the recycled
CaO now reacts the impurities of ore called GANGUE to form slag. Slag is the mixture of CaSiO 3 and Ca(AlO 2) 2. The slag floats over the top of molten iron. Slag is a useful byproduct. It is used in road making, cement manufacturing a light weight building materials.
This page looks at the various factors which influence the choice of method for extracting metals from their ores, including reduction by carbon, reduction by a reactive metal (like sodium or magnesium), and by electrolysis. Details for the extraction of aluminium, copper, iron and titanium are
Copper, tin, lead, and iron are more reactive and must be heated with carbon to extract the metals. Aluminum, calcium, sodium and other active metals are extracted using electrolysis. Copper can be extracted from its ores by reduction. One of the common copper ores, malachite,