The Re-Cycles Bike Co-op has a credo that all bikes donated to us meet a proper end. Most bikes get overhauled by our volunteers and sold, but some bikes are beyond hope, due to rust or damage. The best we can do is strip them of any useable parts and send the remains off to the metal recyclers. Here in Ottawa we go to BakerMet, and it's always quite the trip to see the often immense piles of scrap cars and washing machines and shelving and whatever else waiting to be processed.

first load in the van.

unloading the van.

The crane that feeds the mill. The haze was actually dust, creating quite the gothic-industrial setting .
The machine almost looks like some sort of prehistoric beast...

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Copyright 2007 Mark Rehder; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.