Recycling Electric Motors

Interco works with the resources and equipment to effectively recycle electric motors. Recycling electric motors is very common. In fact, scrap electric motors are fully recyclable and contain valuable metals.

An electric motor is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Most motors comprise of valuable copper and aluminum components. However, the exterior of most motors is comprised of steel with a strong shell which protects the more fragile wiring and parts within.

Interco recycles numerous pounds of motors each year. As a result, recyclers categorize motors into three main categories of size:

  1. Small motors usually fit about the size of a basketball and not much larger than an apple.
  2. As a result, recyclers classify motors larger than a basketball, but less than 2,000 pounds as large motors.
  3. Motors weighing more than 2,000 pounds over-sized motors. These motors vary in demand due to their size and nonferrous metallic content.

Electric motors are made up of several components. These components include the shaft, copper windings, bearings, armature, stator, commutator, terminals, and case. The components all allow for the electric motor to successfully convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.

The electric motor is 100% recyclable since most of its components are metallic. Therefore, recycling electric motors helps protect natural resources and further prevents mining.

The Recycling Electric Motors Process

The process of recycling electric motors is easy and efficient with Interco. First, the recyclers collect several electric motors, as many as possible, to increase the possibility of getting enough copper. The process of recycling electric motors should be performed properly.

Next in the process, a hammer or hammering mill break the metallic casing of the motor. Then recyclers separate the components and group them according to their materials. Scrap electric motors contain valuable and recyclable metals. These components make it necessary to recycle electric motors.

The valuable and recyclable metals include:

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Iron
  • The steel case around the motor

Copper is especially valuable, expensive, and used in many electrical devices. Rather than depleting the natural resource, recycling electric motors is the opportunity to reuse the scrap metal.

Finally, in the recycling process, recyclers take the separated components to their different recycling points and recycle them. While many people may think recycling is for common household items such as bottles, cans, and scrap metal, it is important to consider the components inside electric motors.


Overall, an electric motor is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Products like industrial fans, blowers, pumps, and more need electric motors to work. There are small, large, and over-sized motors that can be found in common items such as microwaves, hand tools, air conditioners and more. Electric motor recycling reuses valuable materials, reduces solid waste, reduces overall pollution and more. Interco accepts scrap electric motors to recycle them properly. To learn more about how to recycle electric motors, click here to get in touch with Interco.

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