Ever Wondered What Happens at Your Local Scrapyard?

The scrap metal industry is really good for the UK economy. Employing over 8000 people, it is estimated to be worth nearly £60m. Most towns and cities will have driven past a scrap yard and seen old vehicles piled high or piles of other scrap metal materials. But what goes on behind the gates of our scrap yards? 

Every year an estimated one million cars are scrapped in the UK. Some of these vehicles have been stripped before they arrive, but all will have to go through a process to remove any hazardous materials. 

Reusable parts will also be removed and will often be sold on. You may find your local scrap yard allows the public to come and buy some of these items. 


Old batteries will be removed and tyres will be sent to a specialist tyre recycle centre. Next the airbag system will be taken out. All fluids need to be removed and disposed of responsibly, this includes the oil, coolant, and the oil filter too. This process is called depolluted and the car cannot be crushed until all elements that are hazardous have been removed. 

Once this has happened the car can be crushed. Different components such as the metal, plastic and fabrics are separated and will be recycled in different ways. Cars can be flattened or crushed into cubes, this makes them easier to transport. 

As well as cars, you can bring most metals to your local scrap yard including copper, aluminium, brass, stainless steel, and bronze. Non-ferrous metals are the most valuable as they can be recycled. 


Household and commercial metal also goes through a process before recycling. Different materials such as aluminium, steel and iron need to be separated before heading off to be melted down and reworked into other products. 


Once these metals have left the scrap yard there is a large number of places they could end up. Back on the supermarket shelf as a tin of tomato soup or used as part of an aeroplane! 

Scrap Local. Your Trusted Local Scrap Dealer    

People spend hours and hours looking on the Internet to find a scrap yard that is local to them and offers good prices on scrap metal. However, with Scrap Local, we take this hard work and do it for you. All you need to do is select the type of service you are interested in. 

The options include vehicle breakers, scrap car buyers, scrap metal collectors, and scrap metal dealers. Once you have done this, enter your postcode and we will present you with all of the options that are available. You can also enter your town if you would prefer.

Contact Scrap Local Today

If you would like to find out more about Scrap Local and the service that we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us today for more details. All you need to do is give us a call and speak to one of our friendly and experienced scrap dealers who will be more than happy to assist you in any way they can. No question is too big or small for us to handle, so give us a call today!

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