Old Cars Among Earth’s Chief Offenders

Let’s focus on getting the dirtiest cars off our roads. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, cars in the U.S. emit more than 333 million tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, an amount equal to one-fifth of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The most polluting cars are the oldest ‘gross polluters.’ Vehicles 15 years and older represent less than 25% of miles driven, but account for approximately 75% of the most harmful emissions.

If you really want to make a difference, donate your clunker to a charity you know and trust. You can research reputable charities at www.charitynavigator.com.  Choose an organization with well-recognized work, then call them and ask how much the charity will receive and where the money will be spent. Inquire about how the vehicle will be handled. You’ll want to know that the vehicle will be picked up and transported by a properly licensed and insured towing company, and that the legal transfer of the vehicle will be handled by a licensed dealer contracted by the charity. Finally, make sure you sign the title directly over to the charity or their agent. By leaving the title blank, you may remain liable for the vehicle.

If you decide to donate your car, pick a charity you can trust. At CarDonationWizard.com, you can donate your car to Habitat for Humanity, Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Feed the Children, and many more. Car Donation Wizard returns 80% of each dollar raised back to charity.

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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.


Happy America Recycles Day!

If you have two minutes a day to recycle you can help:

  • reduce consumer costs
  • reduce air and water pollution
  • divert waste from the landfills
  • reduce litter and illegal dumping
  • convert waste into new, useful products
  • reduce industry’s impact on the environment
  • conserve valuable energy and natural resources

help keep american clean by recycling

The concept and origin of the three arrows of recycling can be traced back to April 1970 when the first Earth Day was observed and a contest was held. The contest was sponsored by the Container Corporation of America. It was announced to environmentally aware art students and they were asked to create a design symbolizing the paper recycling process.
The winning entry was to be used to identify products and packages made from recycled and recyclable fibers. This campaign was also designed to make the public aware that recycling paper was effective and additionally would conserve natural resources tremendously.


More Recycling Facts:

80% of our trash has the potential to be recycled. This adds up to 67 trash cans per person every year.

You can be part of the solution. Like all businesses, demand is the key factor to the success of recycling.  Until recyclables are returned to the marketplace and purchased in the form of new products, they haven’t been recycled. To recycle responsibly, buy products with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content whenever possible.

Rethinking your purchases by precycling (precycling is what you do by choosing products carefully before you purchase):

  • Select products with minimal wrapping packaged in recycled material.
  • Avoid packages made from several layers of different materials which can’t be separated, like juice boxes.
  • Avoid individually packaged products.
  • Reuse paper or plastic bags. Better yet, carry your own reusable canvas or string shopping bag.
  • Buy durable products rather than disposable items.
  • Ask yourself: What will happen to a wrapping or container when I finish? Will this add to the problem? How long will this product last?
  • Buy products that can be recharged or refilled.



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.

Recycle a Car

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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