Electric Motors


Equipment with coils of wire, magnets, and metal parts used to turn electrical energy into mechanical energy. People find them valuable because of the copper, aluminum, and steel inside. They can be recycled, and you can use them again in making things.

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Scrap electric motors encompass non-functional or discarded electric motors that have reached the end of their useful life. These motors, responsible for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, are ubiquitous in appliances, industrial machinery, vehicles, and power tools. Sources of scrap electric motors include old appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and fans, as well as industrial equipment and automotive parts. When these motors become obsolete or malfunction, they are replaced and deemed scrap.

The recycling value of scrap electric motors lies in the valuable materials they contain, including copper wire windings, steel or iron components, and occasionally rare earth magnets. Motor recycling involves the dismantling of these motors to separate different components and materials. The copper windings, known for their high recycling value due to copper’s conductivity and recyclability, are a key focus. The steel or iron parts are recycled as scrap metal, and rare earth magnets, if present, are reclaimed for reuse.

By recycling scrap electric motors, valuable materials are recovered, reducing the reliance on extracting and processing raw materials. This practice contributes to resource conservation, waste reduction, and the overall sustainability of the manufacturing industry.