It’s been a rough year for the cleaning business in Brisbane, with the city’s scraper business dropping from more than a quarter of a million cars a year in 2012 to less than 100,000 cars last year.
It’s now down to just two scraper companies, with an estimated turnover of $40,000 a year.
That’s down from about $1.3 million a year five years ago.
The biggest problem in Brisbane is the weather.
“In terms of our fleet, we’re probably a little over the top with the amount of scrap that we have, which is pretty frustrating,” Mr Stowe said.
“It’s not that we don’t want to clean it, but the number of vehicles we’re able to service is just so small that it’s a real struggle.”
It is a problem that has been well documented by the City of Brisbane’s chief cleaning officer, David Crouch.
He said scraper firms needed to improve their infrastructure.
“We know that the amount we have in the fleet is a little bit below our standards, and we’re not in the best financial position to do that,” he said.
What is a car scrap?
Scrap cars are a type of industrial scrap.
The term “scrap” is often used to describe the paintwork, paint and mould that’s left behind after the work.
Some scrapers will remove a vehicle’s body and parts, while others will just scrap out the wheels and tail.
What do they do?
Scraps are often put up for sale.
But they can be sold for scrap as well, with some scrappers selling scrap cars to car dealers and car clubs.
Some scrappers also make their own scrap.
“They will have a scraper machine, a box and a little bucket with the scrap,” Mr Crouch said.
If you’re in a scrap car, what to do if it breaks down?
“The best thing you can do is put it on the ground, because if you’re on a lot of scrap, that’s not a good place to put it,” Mr Cooley said.
In a worst-case scenario, scrapers can often fix a broken part and put the car back together.
If it’s an emergency, Mr Coogle said, they could even use a jackhammer to break open the car.
How much does it cost to clean up?
A scrap car will cost anywhere from $10 to $20.
Scrappers have to be licensed to do their work and a scrap fee will be charged.
Scrapers who work with the City also need to be trained, Mr Cope said.
You’ll be required to pay a $500 cleaning fee to the scraper company if you need more than one scrap.
How do I get rid of a car that’s broken down?
Mr Cople said if you have a car you’re worried about, you can go to a scrap yard or a scrap shop.
“If you’re dealing with a scrap that’s been damaged or you have the intention of selling it, you should definitely look into it,” he told the ABC.
“There are some things that are available that are fairly inexpensive and a lot more cost effective than putting a new car on the road.”
He said the best way to clean out a car was to use a scrubber.
“You’re not going to get the same effect by putting it on your garage floor, you’re not likely to get a big clean out of it,” the chief cleaning office worker said.
Why does Brisbane scrape so much?
Mr Stroe said scrapers had to do the work because of the lack of scrap supply in Brisbane.
“Because of the weather, it’s so difficult to get anything to the city,” he explained.
“So we’re finding cars that have been abandoned and that’s why we’re scraping them.”
He also blamed the lack in scrap supply for the increase in car scrap.
It can take several weeks for the city to receive scrap, and some cars that are picked up are damaged beyond repair.
If your car is damaged, Mr Stoe said you should get it repaired or sent to a scrapper.
“At the moment there’s no way that we’re getting our scrap into the city that we need,” he added.
Are there any car scraper options in Brisbane?
Scrutchers in Brisbane are licensed to work in the city, and most businesses in Brisbane have a scrapers centre, which can be found at every major business district.
You can also go to one of the many community scrapping events.
“Scrap is a great way to provide support to people who need a hand up and a hand out, and there are some options available to you if you want to do it,” said Mr Cropes.
“A lot of our businesses are getting people together to scrap and that can