Celebrating Earth Day Through Car Donation

When  you think about celebrating Earth Day, Car Donation Wizard hopes you’re thinking of ways that you can reduce your environmental impact on the planet. For instance, taking shorter showers, learning more about what’s recyclable, cleaning up your neighborhood beach, planting more flowers and trees, biking to work part of the week. However you choose to give back, know that future generations will reap the benefits of your contribution.

When you donate a car to one of our amazing charities like Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, Car Talk or any of our other great partners, your vehicle goes to one of two places: to an auction facility or a recycling facility. Vehicles that get recycled are extremely valuable to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Did you know that millions of tons of iron and steel enters the recycling stream because of how easy it is to separate from other materials (steel has incredible magnetic properties)? When you decide to donate that old junk car, you’re not only doing something great for charity, but you’re helping to take a car (or other vehicle) that may be producing harmful emissions off the road and into the steel recycling process. Steel never loses its strength, no matter how many times it’s been recycled, which makes it a valuable commodity and insures that when you buy future steel products, you’re always buying recycled steel. Making new steel requires a lot of energy, but the fact that we’re able to recycle steel from donated vehicles helps contribute to the statistic that the amount of energy needed to produce a ton of steel has been reduced by 34% since 1972.

So the next time you’re considering whether that old vehicle taking up space in your driveway is donation worthy, consider the value of steel recycling and know that Car Donation Wizard can help you stay green and give back at the same time. Now that’s an Earth Day promise we can all stand behind.

Check out our video on how donated cars get recycled:

Happy Earth Day!


How To Recycle That Old Clunker

Car recycling’s benefit on the environment and our planet is undeniable. However, many junk vehicle owners don’t know where there car goes when they dispose of it and thus many  junk cars end up polluting landfills or junkyards, their hazardous waste materials never being properly disposed of. By responsibly choosing to recycle a car, you make a pledge that you will not allow your car to have a negative affect on our sensitive environment.

They are many great benefits to recycling your car. The greatest benefit for recycling your car is removing the heavy carbon footprint that your old, environmentally unfriendly clunker car has on our roadways. Did you know that cars twelve model years or older, with 150,000 or more miles on them, are more likely to produce polluting emissions than newer vehicles? The second benefit to vehicle recycling is turning old steel into new steel. Steel has the amazing ability to never lose it’s strength, allowing it to enter the recycling process an infinite number of times. The third benefit is that by recycling a car, you are also saving energy. Did you know the recycling of the steel from your car uses about 74% less energy than making new steel, which is great for energy conservation.

Its been reported that all steel produced today has at least 25% recycled steel in it. That is a decent percentage, but with all the abandoned cars on our roads I’m pretty sure we can do better than that. Steel recycling has now become a multibillion dollar worldwide industry, that’s not going away anytime soon. Car Donation Wizard will happily aid in the removal of your unwanted car, helping reduce environmental impact in more ways than one. We work with recycling facilities and scrap organizations in your local area and nationwide, making sure that your car is on the road to re-entering the world as new and improved steel. Do your part and get rid of your old clunker the proper way. Contact Car Donation Wizard at 877-957-2277 today for more information or to recycle a vehicle today.


America Recycles Day 11.15.11

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

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Getting involved in recycling can benefit our economy, creates jobs, save energy and protect natural resources. You can make a huge impact.

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Responsible Recycling – One Vehicle at a Time

What happens to that old truck, minivan, sedan, or SUV when it finally dies? Your old car may end up as a bridge in China, a skyscraper in Turkey, or the goalposts at the local high school. The responsible recycling of end-of-life vehicles helps the environment, cleans up the streets, and produces recycled materials used throughout
the world. Every year in the U.S., around 15 million automobiles reach the end of their usable lives. When the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle, it is considered a “constructive total loss.” At this point, it is better to recycle the vehicle and purchase another.

Fortunately, 75 percent of the material from these end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) is recycled. However, this also means that 25 percent is not recycled, leaving a significant portion of waste behind. Here are some facts on the environmental benefits of recycling of automobiles (from the Steel Recycling Institute):

  • When comparing the amount of steel recycled from automobiles each year to the amount of steel used to produce new automobiles, automobiles maintain a recycling rate of nearly 100 percent.
  • By weight, the typical passenger car consists of about 65 percent steel and iron. The steel used in car bodies is made with about 25 percent recycled steel.
  • Recycling steel saves energy and natural resources. The steel industry annually saves enough energy to power about 18 million households for a year.
  • Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
  • Vehicles that would otherwise be left on the roadside or abandoned in empty lots can be legally obtained by licensed dismantlers and safely converted into reusable or recycled commodities.
  • Steel is one of the few materials that can be recycled repeatedly without loss of quality or strength. However, care must be taken in the recycling process to avoid contaminating the steel with other metals.
  • Steel is the most recycled material in the world – nearly 70 million tons in the U.S. alone were processed in 2006.
  • More steel is recycled annually than all other materials, including aluminum, glass and paper combined.
  • Because recycling metal uses about 74 percent less energy than making new steel, the recycling of these vehicles saves an estimated 85 million barrels of oil annually that would have been used in the manufacturing of new or replacement parts.

Car Donation Wizard maintains its environmental commitment by helping vehicle donors nationwide recycle their vehicles and help reduce their environmental footprint.