electric motors recycling (india)


Rotors of old electric motors beeing scrapped by a street scavenger for the copper wiring (Delhi)

Copper is valuable, so scavengers take apart old electric motors to remove the copper wiring from the rotors.­ To do that, they put the motor parts over a fire, that burns the wires coating and make them brittle and easier to remove from the rotors.­

Then the steel rotors and the copper wiring are sold by the weight to metal recyclers.­

Most electrical and electronic recycling like this one are done in Asian countries the cost of labor is very low, and where environmental and health laws are not enforced or don't even exist.­

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1833, Phatak Teliyan, Ahata Mir Bukhari, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

These are photos that i took in the streets of Delhi (India)

It gives an idea of the organized chaos in the bazaars of the old city.­

Those photos are only from Delhi.­ I have many more interesting photos from other parts of India.