Mayapuri Junkyard, located in West Delhi, is said to be Asia's largest vehicle scrap yard. It is where vehicles go to die... but also where they find new life. It is a junction where our government and small-scale industries work together to recycle, reuse and repurpose. Indeed, even though it's prima facie a collection of rubbish, it's a place that fights waste.
Abandoned, broken-down vehicles (from bicycles to trucks to airplanes) are mined for parts and scrap metal to be used for army vehicles, industries and other purposes—the place provides employment to as many as 50,000 workers and around 100-150 pieces of machinery/vehicles get dismantled every day
Old vehicles are brought to the sooty streets of Mayapuri from across the country...
The scrap hub was established in 1952 in Motiya Khan near Sadar Market, but relocated to Mayapuri in 1975. As it was fully surrounded by jungles, only 20 scrap traders out of 500 or so came to Mayapuri.
The parts to be re-sold are sent off to second-hand shops, and the leftovers are collected and disposed of by metal scrap dealers.
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Ultimately, the environment benefits. Almost 40% of the world's steel production comes from scrap. CO2 emissions are reduced by 58% through the practice of ferrous scrap.