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.

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.

Car Scrap Surrey: A Company Profile

In this week’s blog entry, we thought we’d tell you a little more about our company – Car Scrap Surrey. So, read on for the Who, the What, the When, the Where, the Why and the How! And remember, if you have any questions after you’ve had a read through, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly team for more information.

WHO we are

Car Scrap Surrey is a reputable scrap dealership, which buys scrap metal from customers in London, as well as the surrounding areas.

WHAT we do

We provide a number of associated scrap services. From our cars for cash service, to our general unwanted metal collections, Car Scrap Surrey can be trusted to assist with a range of consumer scrap requirements. We also offer customers a professional vehicle recovery service.

WHEN we began

Car Scrap Surrey has built up over 30 years in the scrap metal industry, with our business being established in the early 1980s. Five years after offering customers our expert scrap metal services, we started vehicle recovery, too.

WHERE we do it

Car Scrap Surrey’s scrapyard is based on the Brighton Road in Croydon. However, as a scrapping centre, we typically frequent a wide range of locations in the county of Surrey and beyond.

WHY we do it

As a business, Car Scrap Surrey’s profits are made from buying, and responsibly recycling, consumers’ unwanted scrap metal. We can then sell these on for future use.

The scrapping industry offers participating parties a number of benefits, in that the scrapyard, our customers, and the people who buy the smelted metals can all take advantage of competitive rates.

In addition, the scrapping industry is great news for the environment, as recycling your scrap metals with reputable treatment facilities means that pollution is limited, natural resources are protected, and the chance of hazardous materials ending up in landfills is minimised.

HOW we do it

Car Scrap Surrey is known as an Authorised Treatment Facility or an ATF. This means we’re regarded as a reputable scrapyard that can be trusted to responsibly recycle all the scrap metals that are brought to us. So, when you sell your metals to Car Scrap Surrey, you can be confident that we’ll always offer you a fair price for your unwanted scrap, as well as recycling it in accordance with ever-relevant environmental concerns.

Get in touch

If you have scrap metal to dispose of, pay our Surrey scrapyard a visit today. We look forward to offering you competitive rates for your scrap, and to helping the environment together.

The Art of Car Scrapping

It turns out that it’s not only the Authorised Treatment Facilities of the world that are involved with car scrapping. A number of international creatives have been contributing, somewhat unconventionally, to the artistic landscape, by recycling old cars into dramatic works of art. Whilst this is not a new phenomenon, with Amarillo’s famous Cadillac Ranch having been around since the early 1970s, newer artists are also getting involved, pushing the boundaries of modern art forever.

Cadillac Ranch

Created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, part of the art group ‘Ant Farm,’ Cadillac Ranch is a vivid public art installation and sculpture, set against the backdrop of the arid Texan desert in Amarillo. Consisting of a number of upturned junk Cadillac cars, the artwork represents the evolution of the brand’s design. It’s a real must-see on Route 66 if you’re a fan of scrap cars and stunning artwork.

Sci-fi film star sculptures

More recently in 2013, an artist in the Far East has also been getting involved with car scrap creativity. BMWs, Mercs, Nissans, Hondas, Toyotas and Isuzus are the cars of choice for Bangkok-based Mai Sudjai, who collects carburettors, chains, exhaust pipes and more from this range of scrap cars, to convert them into iconic sci-fi characters. These imposing metal sculptures started off as a hobby for the Thai artist, but now form the basis of his lucrative business, with his creations selling for as much as £5,000 a piece.

Metal works down under

Australian artist James Corbett has also been making stunning sculptures out of scrap car parts, which he salvages from various scrapyards. His pieces command high prices, with a ram, made from many spark plugs, reaching a staggering £14,000. The artist meticulously cleans and welds gears, radiators, spark plugs, exhausts, etc. together in order to make these arresting pieces.

Corbett cites his inspiration: “I was working at a wrecking yard and a guy I know who races in stock cars showed me a trophy he had won that was made of car gear sticks. I looked at it and thought that I could do a much better job so began making my own sculptures”

Get in touch

If you’d like to recycle your own Surrey scrap metal closer to home, count on Car Scrap Surrey, who buy and recycle scrap metal for competitive rates, in accordance with environmental concerns. And who knows, your old car scrap just might contribute towards the next piece of home-grown modern art!