New Ride? Donate Your Old Car

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Courtney

Please welcome today’s guest poster, Jason.

Charitable car donation is a great way to help the environment by recycling your unwanted vehicles while simultaneously helping local charities and receiving a tax write off. The way it works is that a local non-profit car donation center will arrange to have your unwanted vehicle (running or not) picked up at no cost to you, recycled, and then donate the proceeds to a local charity.

Every single part of an automobile can be recycled, but most important is the steel. The reason that recycling steel is so important, to put it simply, is because it is incredibly expensive and energy consuming to produce. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the amount of energy saved by using recycled steel is approximately 74%, this equals enough energy saved to power 18 million households for an entire year.  Every year almost 14 million tons of steel is recycled, this is enough steel to produce almost 13 million automobiles!  Steel never loses its original strength and can be used time and time again without ever losing its original integrity which adds to the benefit and practicality of recycling steel.

Of course there are numerous environmental benefits to recycling steel as well. First and perhaps most important is that using recycled steel lessons the need to mine for steel which generally leads to huge scars on the landscape. Other dangers of aggressive steel mining include the chance of releasing sediment and metal contamination into local streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. Mining also leads to a decline in local wildlife and plant populations and can lead to irreparable soil erosion.  Another danger of steel mining comes in the form of decreasing the air quality by introducing particulate matter into the air which can lead to a number of serious health problems.

Even though the amount of steel that is currently being recycled and reused seems very high, there are many more tons of steel waiting in the unwanted and abandoned vehicles in our driveways, garages, and backyards.  If you happen to be the owner of one of these unwanted autos, the car donation process is very simple and offers you an opportunity to help the environment while contributing to a local charity.

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