How Car Scrap Services in Surrey Can Help the Environment

Over the last two years, reports of over 260,000 abandoned vehicles have been recorded around the UK which is costing taxpayers money, as well as causing environmental issues. Luckily, licensed car scrapping specialists are offering solutions which not only encourage people to use their services rather than dump vehicles at roadside but help to protect the environment too.

Here’s why vehicle scrapping experts such as Car Scrap Surrey are unsung environmental heroes.

Why Are People Dumping Their Cars?

In the last few years, the scrapping industry has dramatically changed, with less money being offered for scrap metal due to the importation of metal from other countries such as China. However, this has created another issue with motorists choosing to dump their cars, believing that because scrap vehicles are worth less money, they may even have to pay to have their car taken away. For those whose vehicles have become too costly, including the price of repairs after a breakdown, abandoning cars at sites around the country seems like the more viable option. Unfortunately, the number of these cases is dramatically increasing, creating environmental hazards and a colossal headache for local councils who spend hundreds of thousands of pounds clearing dumped vehicles from our roads.

How Car Scrap Services Protect the Environment

Dumped vehicles damage the environment, but historically, so did car scrapping. However, changes made to the law in 2005 mean that to scrap a car legally, an organisation must be registered as an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). This means it’s licensed by the Environmental Agency and meets specific requirements for sustainability, quality and acceptable practices, including investing in the right infrastructure to protect the environment. For example, there must be equipment on hand to process the hazardous materials which are released from the toxic metals in the car which were left the seep into the ground before new regulations came into fruition. Essentially, an ATF must dispose of all waste products using methods which don’t risk harming the environment or human health. Moreover, these are the only places which are legally allowed to scrap your car, and they ensure parts are recycled appropriately.

Get Paid to Scrap Your Car

Apart from the environmental benefits, choosing to scrap your car is one of the most hassle-free ways to dispose of your unwanted vehicle, and it wouldn’t be unusual to receive anywhere up to £150 from a licensed vehicle scrapping expert to do so. Some scrapping companies will even collect the car from your location for free and will issue you with the valid destruction notice you’ll need to confirm you no longer own the vehicle.

Let’s make dumped cars a thing of the past and protect the environment around us.

Here at Car Scrap Surrey, we’re an Authorised Treatment Facility, offering vehicle owners the chance to ensure their car or van is dealt with responsibly while meeting all your car recycling needs. Call us now on 020 8406 4181 to speak to our team and receive a free quote, finding out how much your scrap vehicle is worth.

What Not to Do with Your Home’s Junk

cars-for-cashWhen it comes to end-of-life vehicles, old car batteries and tyres, or old appliances, many homeowners don’t know how to dispose of their junk. So when you’re desperate to de-clutter your home, it can be tempting to get rid of junk in ways that are detrimental to the environment and even illegal.

At Car Scrap Surrey, we’ve been collecting and scrapping vehicles and junk metal for over 30 years, so we understand the importance of disposing of your waste metal properly. We’ve also proven to our customers that it’s actually easier to get rid of metal junk through the correct channels. To prevent you from getting into a sticky legal situation when clearing out your home, here’s what not to do with all your junk metal.

  • Do not burn your junk metal

Not only does burning rubbish cause localised air pollution, but it’s also dangerous to health: burning painted metal junk or tyres produces a range of toxic compounds that are poisonous when inhaled. As such, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Air Act 1993 have deemed burning certain types of waste an offence, with fines of up to £20,000 for burning junk on trade or commercial premises. This makes it especially important for businesses of every size to dispose of their metal waste properly by calling certified, reliable scrappers like Car Scrap Surrey.

  • Do not dump in rivers or ditches

Fly-tipping or dumping rubbish in rivers, ditches or any unauthorised location harms the environment and is also a criminal activity in the UK. The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 means offenders in England and Wales can be fined up to £50,000 in Magistrate’s Courts for fly-tipping. If caught dumping rubbish illegally, you can also be made to pay the investigation and clean-up costs incurred by your offence. The solution? Simply contact an authorised scrapping service that will collect your junk for you and dispose of it safely.

  • Do not take your waste metal to landfills

Widely considered harmful to the environment, landfills are a major cause of air and water pollution. Rather than contributing to their negative effects on the environment, having your old banger, broken-down dishwasher or empty cans scrapped for recycling actually benefits the environment. This is because when your metal is properly scrapped and recycled, it reduces the carbon footprint of the manufacturing and automobile industries where recycled metals are commonly used.

Cash paid for scrap metal in SurreyThere’s absolutely no reason to lug your metal waste to a landfill or to be illegally dumped when there are trusted, experienced scrapping services like Car Scrap Surrey to take all the hassle out of getting rid of your metal junk. Give us a call on 020 8406 4181 for more information on how we can actually make you money and save you all the effort of getting rid of your scrap metal.

A Look at the Scrapping Industry in 2014


Recycling roughly 13 million tonnes of metal every year, the UK’s scrapping industry is leading the way in the British green revolution. At Car Scrap Surrey, we’re proud to be a part of something that’s making such an impact on the environment, and we’re delighted to report that the future for the scrapping industry is certainly bright for the remainder of 2014 and beyond, both in terms of industry regulations and economic forecast.

A better regulated industry

Effective from 1 October 2013, with a grace period until 1 December 2013, serious changes were made to British scrapping legislation, requiring all metal scrap dealers to be fully licensed in order to purchase junk metal or used vehicles. This was an all-important step towards stopping unregulated metal dealing and metal theft, which costs the UK around £220 million each year.

As a fully licensed and authorised scrapping and car recovery dealer, at Car Scrap Surrey, we fully endorse this important legislation; already, it has lessened the impact of metal theft and helped protect customers from rogue traders who can’t provide a valid destruction notice to prove that they’re no longer owners of their scrapped vehicles.

Lots more scope for export and growth

As the world economy is looking up, so too is the economic forecast for the scrapping industry. Now that economies are restabilising and experiencing growth once again, there is an increased global demand for scrap metal. Right here in the UK, we export scrap metal to countries like China, Brazil and India; this means their reinvigorated construction and manufacturing industries are now in need of more scrap metal from UK scrapping companies.

With the worldwide demand for scrap metal set to increase by 3.3 per cent (up to 1.52 billion tonnes) over the course of this year, 2014 promises a much greater scope for higher exports of the UK’s recycled metal, and increased growth for the industry all around.

Power to the green revolution

So far this year, we’ve seen a continued awareness of the need to help the environment and lessen our carbon footprints however we can. The green movement is definitely going strong, so let’s keep up that momentum for the rest of 2014!

Clearing through any old clutter in your home is the best way to start; whether you’ve got old washers and dryers lying around, a rusty old jalopy you never managed to get rid of, or just a load of empty beer cans that have built up over time, most of us could stand to benefit from a good clear-out. Simply contact us at Car Scrap Surrey and we’ll be more than happy to come straight over and collect your old metal junk, paying you a fair price for all your scrap.

Tips on De-Cluttering Your Home

De-clutter your homeIt’s incredibly easy for any home to become cluttered, especially in spaces like garages, lofts and guest bedrooms. Before you know it, you’ve got piles of old junk all over your house, taking up space and ruining the décor of your home.

Yet many of us may feel daunted by the prospect of clearing our homes when there’s just so much junk: ‘Where to begin? How do I dispose of everything? How long will it all take?’ We’re all faced by these questions, especially if you’ve got major junk items to dispose of like old appliances or unused cars.

At Car Scrap Surrey, we like to think of ourselves as part of the de-clutter movement, helping people to clear their homes of unusable metal junk quickly and easily, so here are a few of our key tips to get your house cleared of all that clutter.

  • Pace yourself: You’ll quickly become overwhelmed if you try to de-clutter your entire home in one go, so tackle one thing at a time, and maybe even do up a simple de-cluttering schedule to keep you on track. For example, Step 1 could be clearing your home of all your metals—empty cans, broken appliances, unused pots and pans, even the broken-down motorcycle from that daredevil phase you had in your twenties. Ring up a reliable scrapping service that will pay for your items’ scrap value, and then before you know it, you’ll be on to Step 2, steadily working your way to a clutter-free home. If you’ve already got started on Step 1, feel free to contact us at Car Scrap Surrey so you can forge ahead to Step 2 right away!
  • Be ruthless: It’s tempting to hang onto things ‘just in case they come in handy’, but that’s what got your home so cluttered to begin with. If it can’t be re-used or better yet, if it could earn you good money as scrap metal, bite the bullet and get rid of it! If some of your things like clothes and shoes are still in good condition, why not donate them to charity?
  • De-clutter safely: Most homes are filled with junk that needs to be disposed of properly, like old car batteries or rusty car parts, for example. When it comes to these types of items, be sure to call on scrapping experts to get rid of your junk metal safely so that it won’t harm the environment.

No matter how impossible it may seem to de-clutter your home, remember that you’ll get through all of the junk by taking it one day at a time; and of course, when it comes to all your junk metal, it only takes one quick call to Car Scrap Surrey, and you’ll be rid of any unwanted metal items you might have.

To learn more on Car Scrap Surrey’s car scrapping and metal recycling services, contact us today.

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How Metal and Car Scrapping Benefits the Environment

Cash paid for scrap metal in SurreyMost of us already know that one of the easiest ways to earn some extra cash is by scrapping your old bangers or any junk metal lying around your home—but did you know that metal and car scrapping is actually one of the best ways to do your part for the environment, too?

Don’t forget your home environment

Firstly, trustworthy scrapping services help keep your immediate environment clean and safe; having rusty metals lying about can be dangerous for children, and old car batteries in particular must be disposed of safely to ensure a healthy home environment.

Why vehicle scrapping is essential

That being said, at Car Scrap Surrey, we’ve been providing vehicle and metal scrapping services for over 30 years, so we know that having us recycle your unwanted cars and metals goes a lot further than keeping your home clean.

When it comes to disposing of unused vehicles, there are many components to consider in terms of protecting the environment—there are car parts, oil and fluids, and the battery to think of. Throwing these into ditches or landfills only adds to pollution and is extremely damaging to the ecosystem. On the other hand, having a car scrapping service collect your unwanted vehicles for safe recycling ensures that every component of your car will either be recycled or disposed of safely, without harming the environment.

Lowering the world’s carbon footprint

Importantly, scrapping old junk metal or broken down vehicles also helps reduce the levels of energy consumption in the manufacturing industry, as there is consequently less of a need to produce metal from raw materials. This also lowers pollution levels related to the mining of metal deposits, as a result.

Not only does this make a difference in the UK, but with global manufacturing hubs like China importing recycled metal from the UK to cut their demand for raw materials as well, deciding to scrap your metal junk can even help reduce the manufacturing industry’s carbon footprint around the world.

Conserve non-renewable resources

Having a responsible metal scrapping service recycle your unused metals also helps protect one of the Earth’s most valuable resources. Many of us forget that metal deposits are actually a non-renewable resource, so recycling your metal (especially large items like old appliances and vehicles) goes a long way towards helping sustain this resource for generations to come.

Scrapping is the simplest solution!

As for the convenience of scrapping and recycling your metals, calling a reliable car scrapping service like Car Scrap Surrey that will come straight to your door and pay you up to £150 for your unwanted metals or vehicle is much quicker and easier than lugging all your metals to a landfill.

If you’d like to learn more on Car Scrap Surrey’s safe and convenient vehicle and metal scrapping services, contact us today.

5 Reasons to Recycle Metal

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Scrap your unwanted metal

Popular programmes like BBC One’s Britain’s Biggest Hoarders and Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Hoarders show just how much junk people hang on to. At Car Scrap Surrey, we’d like to do our part to discourage unnecessary hoarding by reminding you of the best reasons to recycle the unused metal you’ve got lying around.

Whether it’s a rusty old banger, damaged radiators, or even old pots and pans, most homes can stand to have a good clear-out of all their metal junk.

So in case you forgot to do your spring cleaning this year, here are our top five reasons to get the summer cleaning underway and recycle all of the old or unused metal items in your home.

  1. Easy money
  2. Scrapping services pay for all your metal waste, including empty cans and end-of-life vehicles, so giving us a call to collect your metal junk or old car can mean money in your pocket! Obviously, scrapping larger items can bring you more money and at Car Scrap Surrey, we specialise in big items – cars, radiators even old heating tanks.

  3. Safe, responsible disposal
  4. It can get frustrating to have loads of unwanted metal items cluttering your home, so you may be tempted to toss old refrigerators or pipe work into a ditch somewhere. Not only is this toxic to the environment, but it’s also illegal. Recycling your metal items is a safe and responsible way to dispose of your metals, and won’t pose any risk to the environment.

  5. Help the environment
  6. Not only does recycling protect the environment from harmful, non-biodegradable waste, but having an authorised treatment facility dispose of your metals actually benefits the environment by reducing air, water and land pollution, and by reducing the energy and raw material demands of manufacturers.

  7. It’s hassle-free
  8. Calling a reliable metal scrapping service to recycle your metal is actually the simplest and least stressful way to get rid of your unused metal. Rather than lugging it out to the local recycling centre and potentially damaging your car – we’ve seen so many scuffs and scrapes to last a lifetime, let Car Scrap Surrey come to your home and collect your metal waste any day of the week—for free!

  9. De-cluttering relieves stress

Last but not least, according to the Mayo Clinic, clutter is proven to increase stress and can even make you feel as though your life is out of control! If that isn’t the best reason to have a scrapping service recycle all the unwanted metal items you’ve got around the house, we don’t know what is.

No matter the time of day or night, Car Scrap Surrey is available 365 days a year to help you safely remove and recycle all of your metal junk, so contact us today and see how much lighter and brighter your clutter-free home could feel this summer!

Everything You Need to Know About Car Scrapping

Car Scrapping in Surrey with Car Scrap Surrey
Car Scrapping in Surrey

At Car Scrap Surrey, we’ve been scrapping and recovering vehicles for over three decades, so we know absolutely everything about the industry. That’s why we’d like to set the record straight on vehicle scrapping, so you’ll know exactly what to expect from the moment you realise your car’s joy-riding days are over.

Car scrapping can earn you money

One of the main reasons so many people leave their unwanted cars to rust and rot is because they think it would cost a fortune to get rid of them. Well, guess what? Not only is it absolutely free to have your old jalopy collected by us, but you can actually get paid up to £150 for your unused vehicle. Car Scrap Surrey simply pays you directly for your car and even absorb the cost of removing your tyres and glass, and extracting fuel. All we need is proof of ownership and you can be walking away with cash within minutes.

What to watch out for

Car scrappers purchase unwanted vehicles so that the metal parts can be safely recycled and reused. However, it’s critical that you go to a trustworthy vehicle scrapping service who will deliver a valid Certification of Destruction (CoD); otherwise, you run the risk of having your vehicle or its parts on the road illegally and YOU will be responsible. No matter what a service provider tells you, you should never have to accept a lower sum for your vehicle in exchange for a CoD. Just ensure that the authorised treatment facility receiving your vehicle is recognised and reliable.

How car scrapping benefits the environment

Scrapping your car isn’t just good for your pocket—it’s hugely beneficial for the environment as well. Disposing of an end-of-life vehicle in a landfill, throwing old tyres away in ditches, or pouring oil down the drain as toxic waste are all highly damaging to the environment and in many cases illegal and will carry fines and possibly a jail term too!.

Alternatively, recycling your vehicle by having it scrapped has been proven to reap rewards for the environment by reducing pollution and mining waste, saving energy and saving on raw materials in manufacturing.

However, the only way scrapping your decommissioned vehicle can benefit the environment is if you engage an authorised scrapping service such as ours that is equipped to properly recycle your vehicle and safely dispose of the associated pollutants.

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

So there you have it: a bird’s-eye view of the car scrapping industry from start to finish.

All it takes is one quick call, and then your vehicle should be collected and paid for at a fair price; a CoD should be issued, and the service provider must then recycle your vehicle and safely dispose of any associated waste.

To ensure that each of these steps is completed to the highest standards, giving you peace of mind without any unnecessary hassle, contact us at Car Scrap Surrey any day, at any time.

Quotations: How Car Scrap Surrey is Different to its Competitors

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Scrap car collection Surrey

When it comes to scrapping your car, you’ll want to ensure that the cash you receive is exactly what you’ve been quoted over the phone.

Unfortunately, some less reputable scrap yards will give you a different amount to what you were originally told.

At Car Scrap Surrey, however, we’re pleased to tell our customers that we’ll always honour what we’ve originally quoted – guaranteeing you a completely hassle free experience with us.

Be in the know: Quotes from Car Scrap Surrey

  • We’ll pay up to £150 in cash for any family-sized vehicle within a 10-mile radius of Croydon.
  • If you are based beyond this boundary, all you need to do is call the Car Scrap Surrey team for our latest cash prices.

For an accurate quote on your end of life vehicle, get in touch

Remember, by choosing Car Scrap Surrey, you’ll get an accurate quotation for your vehicle. So don’t delay in contacting us to see how much cash you could earn.

Give us a call on 020 8406 4181 or fill in your details on our contact form, and we’ll collect your scrap vehicle today.

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What is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013?

The Car Scrap Surrey Guide to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

From October 2013, an Act to amend the law relating to scrap metal dealers came into effect. The Act requires those in the scrap metal trade to obtain a new, specific licence. We at Car Scrap Surrey have applied for ours! That’s why we thought we’d explore this important Act in a little more detail.

Who does the Act affect?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 affects those in the scrap metal or vehicle dismantling industries. As a premier car scrapping company, that’s clearly why it applied to us!Other scrap yards and collectors will need to ensure they apply for theirs, too.

What’s it all about?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 repeals the Scrap Metal Dealers ActScrap my car Surrey 1964, and Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.

It establishes a new licensing regime for the scrap metal dealing and vehicle dismantling industries.

The act has created two individual categories of licence:

  1. A site licence – allowing the holder to carry on business at any given authorised site.
  2. A collector’s licence – allowing the holder to carry out door-to-door collections.

When did the Act come into effect?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act came into effect as of October 2013.

Another key date to bear in mind is that from December 2013, it will be an offence to operate as a scrap metal dealer without the proper licence. You could face a fine as hefty at £5,000 without the appropriate licence. So make sure to get your admin in order.

Contact our professional scrap yard

To enlist the professional services of a car scrapping company that’s completely up-to-date with important legal requirements, trust Car Scrap Surrey today.

Get in touch with us on 020 8406 4181 and benefit from competitive rates for your scrap metal.

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Car Scrapping in Popular Culture

When it comes to car scrapping, you may be surprised to hear how frequently it features in popular culture. Indeed, what may initially appear as a fairly unglamorous and rudimentary necessity, car disposal is in fact referenced in more films, television shows and songs than you may expect.

Film: Car scrapping on the silver screen

It’s been claimed that car crushers are frequently used in the cinema as devices of humour, or, somewhat conversely, to dispose of criminal evidence, and even to facilitate murder! (Which, needless to say, we frown upon here at Car Scrap Surrey!) Perhaps it’s due to car scrapping’s inherent industrial force that leads the theme to crop up so ubiquitously in energetic films such as:

  • Guy Hamilton’s Goldfinger (1964)
  • Michael Winner’s I’ll Never Forget What’s ‘Isname (1967)
  • H.B. Halicki’s Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
  • Richard Lester’s Superman III (1983)
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994)

Can you think of any others?

Music: Scrap cars on the airwaves

In the early 1980s, a Bristol-based, post-punk band called the Electric Guitars released a track entitled “Scrap that Car” on their album “Jolts”. Some of the lyrics include: “Change the car, don’t change the wheel!”

TV: Car disposal on the small screen

Car Scrapping also features dramatically in many television shows, including AMC’s multi award-winning Breaking Bad. (The show makes for incredibly compelling viewing!)

Video games: car disposal on your PlayStation

In recent years, car scrapping has even arisen in video games including, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and Mafia II.

Car scrapping in popular culture: Join the conversation

Now that you’ve seen the wide array of media in which car scrapping is referenced, let us know if you can think of any more. We’d love to hear from you on Facebook and Twitter, so don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

Remember, for car disposal of a more conventional (and much more reputable!) kind, trust Car Scrap Surrey for your vehicle recycling needs.

We’re available on 020 8406 4181 for further information.

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