This female cyborg was trapped in a waste deposit, she was protecting what appears to be her child. She doesn't want to be destroyed/recycled. She wanted to live.
This female robot was originally a human but she wanted to get a robot body. After the transformation she couldn't afford the all the payments; that is the reason of why she's going to be recycled.
This is the only scene from that anime that I remember, it was a very sad and dark scene that impacted me so much when I was a child. I saw this only once in the 80s.
The animation style and characters design are similar to Galaxy Express 999.