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Green life from old cars

Getting rid of an old car has never been easier. A quick internet search will bring back hundreds of companies that offer quick quotes and cash on collection. With so many options out there, competition is fierce and a stand out reason is needed to choose any individual disposal service.

Giveacar, the UK’s first and largest charity car donation service, recently launched

As the name suggests, people are encouraged to scrap their car and then have trees planted with the proceeds raised. This is controlled by Trees For Cities, a London-based charity that works to increase the amount of green spaces in urban environments.

Giveacar had previously been encouraging people to donate their old cars but not actively promoting one cause over others. It realised it would make more of a positive impact if it focused specifically on offsetting carbon emission by planting trees.

Progress on emission-friendly vehicles is slow, and even less impressive considering there are still millions of older vehicles on the road that fall outside the current regulations. An exceptional amount of emissions damage is being done by these cars, so the charity wanted to see if it could encourage people to repair some of it.

It aims to fund the planting of an average of 13 saplings per disposal, which will offset about a year’s carbon emissions - although more valuable vehicles will be able to provide significantly more.

By following a few simple steps on the website, motorists can choose to have their vehicle scrapped and the proceeds donated. If the charity thinks that more money can be raised, the car can be put up for auction with the additional proceeds going towards further planting.

Collection of the vehicle is taken care of, and users are notified after the disposal just how much money was raised to fund urban tree planting. They can even select which city they want the trees to be planted in.

Trees For Cities has pledged to have 1,000 trees planted during the next 12 months, and aims to use that to change the landscape of tree planting, car disposal and charitable giving.

Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise that scraps or sells old cars on behalf of the public and then passes the money on to a charity of the donor’s choice, minus a 25% fee that covers the running of the office.

Giveacar was launched in 2010 and has raised more than £850,000 for thousands of UK charities. It expects to break the million pound barrier this year. It says the time has come to widen its offering, and has set up a branch that deals specifically with using old vehicles to help the environment.

Giveacar hopes to convince people to change the way they think about unwanted or unnecessary items. For example, it sends out the message to everyone, whether they use its service or not, that they should never have to pay for someone to collect an old car.

Everybody is aware of how bad cars are for the environment, so what better way to give something back than by funding the planting of new trees when getting rid of an unwanted vehicle?

Alex Harvey, operations manager Giveacar

If your car has reached the end of the road and you would like to donate it, call 020 0011 1664 or visit:

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