Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
A greener, brighter future for our kids: how to make a difference, even when it comes to junking your car - if you have one, as opposed to having a bike - otherwise donate your unwanted car to Giveacar.co.uk
Car ownership in the UK is on the rise, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change any time soon. Many of us genuinely need cars - not that I personally have any kids, nor do I want yours either - but how else are we going to take the kids to and from school or activities, pick up the shopping and run errands all within a few short hours?
But that’s not to say we can’t all do our bit. With growing concerns for the planet, and our children’s future, we should take every decision we make when it comes to cars seriously. Do I need to take the car? Do I need a new car? Do we need two cars? Even this one – what should I do with my old car?
The choices are yours and yours alone, but if you are considering getting rid of an old car, take a second to have a think about what will happen to it once it’s gone.
Of the two million or so cars that come off our roads every year, up to half are abandoned. End-of-life vehicles are classed as ‘hazardous waste’; leaving them to rot and rust does a great deal of harm to our soil and water systems, as it’s easy for them to leach pollutants into the ground. One million cars a year: that’s a lot of waste, and a lot of pollution.
Get rid of your car through a regulated scrap yard rather than through a quick-cash-deal scrapper and it will be dealt with to the highest environmental standards, with 85% of the vehicle’s weight being recovered, reused and recycled.
And what’s more, if you decide to donate your old or scrap car to charity through an organisation like Giveacar, you can also do your bit for giving back, just by getting rid of something you don’t need.
Giveacar offers its customers a free service, and operates throughout the UK. Working with their salvage partners, they arrange the pick-up your end-of-life motor, have it taken for safe disposal and scrapping at an ATF, and donate the proceeds to charity, after minor administrative costs. At the end of it all, you’ll get a receipt for your donation from the charity of your choice.
Since it started in January last year, they’ve managed to raise over £250,000 for over 300 charities, including child-centric ones such as The Children’s Trust and Action for Brazil’s Children.
So, if you’re thinking of getting rid of a car, make a right turn. Help your kids by looking after the environment, and maybe even help out some less fortunate kids in the process. Going green and giving back, even when it comes to old bangers, can be easy.
Giveacar.co.uk is a social enterprise that raises money for charities by accepting donations of unwanted cars.
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