Scrapyard will destroy jobs, warn businesses

  HondaMan 13:07 02 Aug 2011

Saw this in the local text Looks like an interestiung story that will get better.

  wiz-king 15:00 02 Aug 2011

I thought they were called re-cycling centres now.

  HondaMan 15:02 02 Aug 2011

The heading was a direct quote from the paper, complete with sensalisation tones.

  Chegs ®™ 15:33 02 Aug 2011

Many years ago I would visit scrapyards regularly to source parts for my cars.The scrapyards are still where they've always been but my last visit was some time ago as the prices asked for parts wasnt that much different to brand new from a motor factors.I am also still sulking as I had a tuned engine under wraps in my back garden,and one of the dozens of scrap collectors that visit my house over the course of a year asking for scrap has returned during the night & stolen it.I only lost the one engine,a mate had about 10 stolen while he was at work and nobody saw a thing.With scrap prices fetching a premium price at the moment,no metal is safe.Several pubs have had the lead stripped from the roof(churches used to be a popular target for lead thieves as they're often in quiet locations)along with schools,and even high-voltage cables aren't safe as there was a recent news item about power being lost to homes in a town due to thieves stealing a 10,000 volt cable from a river.

  interzone55 15:50 02 Aug 2011

I love stories like these

3 business have survived for decades, but a fourth will instantly wipe out the other three.

It's a bit like this up my way. In a smallish town in Cumbria (or Westmoreland as they still insist in these parts) E.H. Booths have three times tried to get planning permission to open one of their excellent little supermarkets. If you ask anyone in the town they're all for it, because it's at least 40 minutes drive to the nearest supermarket. The only people who've objected are the local butcher & newsagent, and because they're both related to councillors the plans have been rejected twice, and are close to being rejected again. The council isn't looking to the interests of the local community, but at their own interests

  spuds 16:04 02 Aug 2011

Scrapyards nowadays are having to progress into the 21st century with modern equipment to handle and sort out correctly the goods that are being recycled. One scrapyard near where I live as just spent over £50.000 on a special sorting device that can grade virtually anything that comes into the yard. From that yard the recyclable 'graded' products are sent to major specialist locations around the UK for final distribution, usually to overseas.

Reading the article, most of the scrap dealers seem to be long established, so if they have ran their business's correctly so far, they should be okay in the future?.

The days of Steptoe and Son are perhaps long gone!.

  HondaMan 17:26 02 Aug 2011

Reading the article, most of the scrap dealers seem to be long established, so if they have ran their business's correctly so far, they should be okay in the future?.

It's not just the viability of 4 intead of 3, but the cost to local employment, 6 men employed as opposed to 30+ between the 3 yards, money going out of the local economy and higher unemployment in an already depressed arfea. There is a finite amount of scrap in this area of West Cornwall and as Chegs ®™ said, "With scrap prices fetching a premium price at the moment,no metal is safe" we have evenm had one enterprising gent who stole from one of the three yards and sold it to the next. He was very soon and very rudely shown the error of his ways. The 3 yards at present have surplus capacity to process metal, so another yard can do nothing other than to reduce their "share". Plus, it is a national concern, so they can probably offer higher prices, subsidising that yard, if you like, from the other yards, until there is no more competition. Bit like supermarkets did with little corner shops - remember them?

  Condom 18:29 02 Aug 2011

Years ago I used to have a fabulous car scrapyard about 5 miles from me in acres of land. All cars were stored single storey and You used to be able to go in and help yourself and pay as you left. Many the time I used to try something out in the scapyard on a similar car before I tried it on my own. It was like a free school and I believe it all closed down due to Health & Safety Regulations. I would be frightened to lift the bonnet of a modern car.

  ams4127 19:49 02 Aug 2011

I still source a lot of stuff for my cars from local scrappies. Mostly hubs, driveshafts, body panels, radiators etc. I even have a complete set of spare wheels with winter tyres on.

I love scrappies!

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