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  • Scrap


    Piles of scrap metal collected for the World War II effort, circa 1941 Collection of leftover scrap metal itemsScrap consists of recyclable materials left over from product manufacturing and consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies, and surplus materials. Unlike waste, scrap has monetary value, especially recovered metals, and non-metallic materials are also recovered for recycling.

  • Scrapheap Challenge


    Scrapheap Challenge is a British television show where teams of contestants build a working machine that could do a specific task, using materials available in a scrapheap. The series features teams of four or five given ten hours (based around sunset) to build vehicles, or machines to complete a specific task, such as being a trebuchet, or complete a racecourse whilst acting as a gyroscope. The series ran for eleven series, and originally shown on Channel 4 The format was exported to the United States, where it was known as Junkyard Wars. The US show was also produced by RDF Media, and was originally shown on The Learning Channel. Repeats have aired on another Discovery network, the Science Channel.

  • Wrecking yard


    Old cars rusting away A breaker's yard in the UK, showing cars stacked on metal frames to make it easier to find and remove usable parts. Crushed cars stored at a scrapyard A wrecking yard (Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian English), scrapyard (Irish, British and New Zealand English) or junkyard (American English) is the location of a business in dismantling where wrecked or decommissioned vehicles are brought, their usable parts are sold for use in operating vehicles, while the unusable metal parts, known as scrap metal parts, are sold to metal-recycling companies. Other terms include wreck yard, wrecker's yard, salvage yard, breakers yard, dismantler and scrapheap. In the United Kingdom, car salvage yards are known as car breakers, while motorcycle salvage yards are known as bike breakers. In Australia, they are often referred to as 'Wreckers'.

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