[Tagging] Tagging scrapyards, junkyards

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Mon Feb 1 00:25:25 UTC 2016

The usual arrangement is that reasonably-intact vehicles are kept as a 
parts source for some period of time, then whatever is left is 
eventually sold to another facility that handles recycling of bulk scrap 
metal.  Badly damaged vehicles may go immediately to the latter 
facility.  Back in the 1980s, I worked as a security guard at a facility 
that handled the bulk-metal-recycling step.

On 01/22/2016 09:53 AM, Mike Thompson wrote:
> In the parts of the US where I have lived (Midwest, West) these would 
> be called "Auto Salvage" if they mainly dealt with vehicles, although 
> "junkyard" is used colloquially. However, to be consistent, we should 
> use the British English term to be consistent.
> Mike
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 3:06 AM, Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk 
> <mailto:phil at trigpoint.me.uk>> wrote:
>     On Thu, 2016-01-21 at 12:22 -0500, EthnicFood IsGreat wrote:
>     > >
>     > I thought scrapyards and junkyards were two different
>     entities.  This
>     > is how I think of them.
>     >
>     > Scrapyards are places whose primary purpose is to buy items that are
>     > no longer wanted (typically metal objects) and then sell them
>     for the
>     > value of their raw materials.  Junkyards are places whose primary
>     > purpose is to sell intact vehicle parts from wrecks to people
>     who are
>     > repairing a vehicle.  Definitely not the same thing.
>     >
>     As a native speaker I see the two as the same thing, scrapyard being
>     British English, junkyard American English.
>     Phil (trigpoint)
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