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.

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.

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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How to Get a Car Tax Refund When Scrapping Your Car

Car Recycling SurreyPlanning on scrapping your vehicle? You may be able to claim a car tax refund. So, check out this helpful, tried-and-tested advice that we’ve been given by gov.uk and obtain yours!

Six steps to claiming your car tax refund

  • Get a V14 form. You can do this here.
  • Check you’re entitled to a refund. You’ll be able to determine this by reading the small print at the beginning of the V14 form in section one. These conditions state, for example, that you’re the current or last registered vehicle keeper, and that you’re scrapping the end of life vehicle (ELV) in question with an Authorised Treatment Facility.
  • Fill in your details on the V14 form exactly as they’re shown on your vehicle registration certificate – your V5C form.
  • Return the V14 form to the DVLA with your tax disc enclosed. It may also be helpful to take a photocopy of your tax disc, just in case it goes missing in the post.
  • Fill out a V33 form if you’re not in possession of your tax disc. You can get this by contacting DVLA customer enquiries on 0300 790 6802. Alternatively, you can obtain this form from a DVLA local office.
  • Be patient, and receive your refund within six weeks!

What do people think of the car tax refund process?

Have you recently received a car tax refund? Let us know about your experience via Twitter, Facebook or by getting in touch with the car recycling Surrey team directly.

Gavin Merville of Croydon said, “Sending off for a refund was quicker and easier than I expected. The forms were all online, so I didn’t need to visit the post office, and there wasn’t much to fill in. Now I’m waiting for a cheque of about £80!”

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The Benefits of Replacing Your Car with a Newer Model

Scrap your old car and buy a new one!
Scrap your old car and buy a new one!

If you’re considering scrapping your old vehicle and replacing it with a newer model, there are a number of benefits to be gained.

#1. Financial reward

There are many financial incentives to scrap your old car. Reputable ATFs like Car Scrap Surrey offer competitive rates for End of Life Vehicles, and guarantee at least £100* for any family-sized car. There are also occasional governmental schemes that offer people even higher sums, such as the scrappage scheme of 2009-2010, which offered £1,000 per vehicle scrapped. As this scheme has now ended the main way of getting money for your old car is via a reputable car scrap dealer such as Car Scrap Surrey. It’s also generally cheaper to run a new car, because they’re less likely to break down, and for the few years, will be under warranty from the dealership.

#2. An eco-friendly decision

With environmental sustainability an ever-relevant concern, it’s good to know you can do your bit to help the planet by investing in a newer car. Unlike models from days gone by, new vehicles are typically more fuel efficient, and newer technology helps to limit harmful emissions.

#3. A safer alternative

As safety laws become more rigorous, car manufacturers need to ensure that their vehicles meet a number of required standards. In this way, investing in a new vehicle means that you’ll benefit from improved levels of car safety, which will serve to protect both you and your passengers when on the road.

#4. Aesthetics

A newer vehicle is frequently going to be more visually appealing than an aging one. As renowned symbols of status, you’ll impress friends and family alike, whilst also feeling better than ever in your new car.

Out with the old and in with the new!

So, with so many sensible reasons to get rid of your old banger, don’t delay in contacting Car Scrap Surrey today. We can be trusted to take care of your old car, by responsibly disposing of it so it doesn’t end up back on the road. We’ll even give you cash in return that you’ll be able to put towards a sparkly new model!

*payment value correct as of 23/06/2013

Car Scrapping Scams and How to Avoid Them

Avoid Car Scrapping Scams
Avoid Car Scrapping Scams

If you’ve been contemplating having your car scrapped, it’s vital you do so through an Authorised Treatment Facility. Recently, there has been a spate of car scams, which has seen unwanted vehicles being illegally dealt with by the disreputable scrapyards to which they’re sold.

What do car scrapping scams typically involve?

Instead of disposing with end of life vehicles responsibly, as an ATF like Car Scrap Surrey would, scammers are in fact retaining the vehicles to be used illegally. This means End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) may end up back on the road after being precariously repaired, sold on, and even used by other criminals.

Why are car scrapping scams so dangerous?

In many cases, consumers do not receive the money they’ve been promised for their “scrapped” vehicle. But even more worrying, the original owner continues to be legally responsible for the vehicle, despite believing that it’s been professionally scrapped, and therefore expecting to be no longer accountable for it. This means that victims of the scam can be liable for a long list of expensive or lifestyle-disrupting penalties, including:

  • Motoring offense fines
  • Parking fines
  • DVLA fines for failing to have the vehicle taxed or insured
  • Penalty points

How can consumers prevent falling prey to a car scrapping scam?

Do your homework, and ensure that the scrapyard to which you plan to sell your vehicle is explicitly classified as an Authorised Treatment Facility. There will be a number of procedures a reputable ATF will carry out as standard protocol that guarantees that you’re no longer responsible for your scrapped vehicle.

An ATF will issue you with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) within seven days. This legally states that the vehicle has been destroyed, and that you carry no legal responsibility.

For reputable car scrapping, trust Car Scrap Surrey

So, don’t get caught out by car scrapping scammers. To ensure that your ELV is dealt with by a professional and responsible Authorised Treatment Facility, call Car Scrap Surrey today on 020 8406 4181. We offer excellent rates for scrapped cars, as well as providing all the necessary paperwork that assures your vehicle has been properly scrapped.

How to Earn Money from Car Scrapping

While in the past you may have had to pay to dispose of your unwanted vehicle, today you actually stand to earn money from having your car taken off your hands. So, if your car is past its prime and you’re looking to upgrade, or if it has failed its MOT, or has been written off due to an accident, sending it to a scrapyard has its financial incentives.

Today, Car Scrap Surrey is discussing the ways in which you’ll earn – and save – money from car scrapping in your area.

Scrap Cars for Cash

When you choose a reputable scrapping service, your unwanted car should stand to garner a decent sum of money. Car Scrap Surrey, for example, offers its customers a guaranteed £100 in cash for any family sized vehicle that it disposes of.

Free Collection Services

While transporting an unwanted vehicle to a scrapyard might be a pricey personal undertaking, choosing the right scrapping service will mean that this is taken care of on your behalf. Car Scrap Surrey is proud to offer its customers a free collection service, which covers the financial, and logistical, considerations for you.

Car Insurance and Road Tax Refunds

As soon as your car has been scrapped and you’ve received your Certificate of Destruction, you’ll be able to claim a refund for any unused months of road tax and car insurance.


Many scrapping services offer a reasonably flexible service, so you won’t have to worry about interrupting the important business hours of your day. Car Scrap Surrey, for example, works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Companies such as this, who work to accommodate your timetable, will ensure you’ll never have to take unpaid leave from work, in order to have your car scrapped.

So, if you’re based in Croydon or Sutton and are interested in making money out of your old car, get in touch with the Scrap Car Surrey team on 020 8406 4181. Call today and see how much you could earn!