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!

How Much is My Scrap Metal Worth?

Want to earn some extra cash? Selling scrap metal to an appropriate dealership is a great way of doing so. It can even be a lucrative enterprise if you go about the process properly. In order to help you along the way, Car Scrap Surrey is offering some handy hints and tips that will help you determine how much your scrap metal is worth, as well as get the best rates for your scrap. What will you spend the earnings on?

A rough guide to scrap metal prices

Prices for scrap metal depend on many variables, including the type of metal, type of scrap metal dealers you sell to, and current market prices. Just like the stock market, scrap metal prices are subject to fluctuation, so it’s sometimes difficult to give definitive price listings. However, according to a scrap metal article on eHow, average ballpark figures for different types of metal as at the time of writing are stated at:

  • £920 – £960 per tonne for aluminium
  • £500 – £550 per tonne for zinc
  • £150 – £180 per tonne for steel
  • £145 per tonne for light iron

On MoneySavingExpert.com, a scrap metal seller said, “I scrapped a few things recently. I got £26 in total. I had some aluminium and some steel. I got £170 per tonne for the steel and £700 per tonne for the aluminium. Well worth the trip to the scrap yard I thought.”

Three tips for taking advantage of the best scrap metal prices:

  • Choose the dealers offering the most competitive prices. Call a range of scrap metal dealerships and compare prices.
  • Make sure transactions are transparent. Visit scrap dealerships and take a look at their scrap metal price charts.
  • If you’re scrapping a car, choose a reputable ATF like Car Scrap Surrey, who will absorb the price of having your vehicle delivered. We offer a free car collection service.

Car scrapping: Join the conversation

So, have you recently sold scrap metal to a scrap yard? Well, now’s a time it’s permissible to talk about money! How much did your metals garner? Let us know on Twitter, or on Facebook. You can also get in touch with the Car Scrap Surrey team directly to see how your proceeds compare to our competitive scrap rates.

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