Archive for the ‘Most Interesting Scrap Yards’ Category
__SPACER__ With the stimulus money in full effect, subcontractors are being hired to remove at the the Oak Ridge plant. This scrap yard is riddled with around 1,000 containers of scrap, as well as large piles of contaminated materials across seven acres. The project will cost up to $35 million. The Y-12 scrap yard was originally used for storage of materials from the '70s up until the mid '90s and now the mess is finally getting cleaned up.<p />
__SPACER__ "The little known west African state of Guinea Bissau, sandwiched between Senegal and Guinea, includes the Bijagos Archipelagos. The archipelago has been protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1993. It is known for a diverse range of wildlife, including sea cows, hippopotamus, otters, six species of sea turtles and two species of salt-water crocodiles. There are 700,000 migratory birds and numerous local bird species living in and around the archipelago. Fishing is the major source of income for locals in Guinea Bissau. Despite this ecological heritage Spanish shipping companies want to develop the island of Bolama as a scrap yard for obsolete ships."
__SPACER__ "The Hudson, Colorado Tire Dump, one of the worlds largest, is now owned by Magnum D’Or Resources Inc., a rubber recycling company.<p /><p />Colorado is home to 1/3 of all whole waste tires in the USA, consequently Magnum now owns 100% of one of the worlds largest tire landfills, and perhaps currently the largest in the USA."
__SPACER__ Photo by Adam Minter.<p /><p />"November 2006: Workers strip copper from imported, used, electrical motors (from washing machines to industrial equipment) at a thirty-five acre processing plant two hours south of Shanghai. China’s low-cost labor and high-demand for copper allows it to recycle motors far more completely and efficiently than can be accomplished in the developed world. This factory, likely the largest motor processor in the world, imported in excess of 12,000 shipping containers of motors in 2006, alone."