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New tree planting scheme to offset CO2 from scrap cars

From:
Greenwise

Give A Car, a social enterprise that scraps cars for charities, has joined forces with environmental charity, Trees for Cities, to offer motorists the chance to plant saplings in return for their unwanted vehicles.
The free to use recycling scheme called Scrap Car Plant Tree launched this week. It expects to fund the planting of 13 saplings on average per vehicle disposal. Motorists will be able to use the money raised through the disposal of their vehicles to plant trees in a city of their choice. Give A Car and Trees for Cities expect each disposal to offset around a year’s carbon emissions. scrap_car_plant_tree

"Each car that is disposed of will offset at least one year’s carbon emissions and vehicles which are auctioned could provide significantly more carbon relief, which can only be a good thing for the environment," Alex Harvey, from Give A Car, said.

"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?"

Best price for scrap metal
Give A Car was established in 2010 to get the best price for cars motorists were looking to scrap and then donating that money to charities. The company ensures it gets the best price for scrap metal and any roadworthy cars are put through an auction and receives their market value. Give a Car has s far organised the collection or sale of over 4000 cars and has raised over £800,000 for more than 1,000 charities.

Trees for Cities plants trees and creates green spaces throughout Britain’s urban areas.

To donate your scrap vehicle visit www.ScrapCarPlantTree.org.uk

Charitable Fulham company recognised at annual Sustainable City Awards

From:
SW Londoner

A not-for-profit company which raises money for charity was highly commended in a prestigious award ceremony last month.

Fulham based company Giveacar was honoured in the Sustainable Waste category at the Sustainable City Awards 2013.

The ceremony, organised by the City of London Corporation and in its twelfth year, was hosted by eco-fashion ambassador Livia Firth.

The award-winning company, launched in 2010, is the UK’s first car donation scheme which allows owners to get rid of their cars with the proceeds going to a charity of their choice.

"It is exciting to reward brands and retailers which put sustainability at the forefront of their businesses and we hope they will use this as an incentive to do more and more in this direction," said Firth.

Other winners include Thrifty Couture, which won the overall prize as a result of their ‘upcycling’ clothing scheme, Marks and Spencer who took home the green gong in the High Street category and Fair Trade milliners Pachacuti in the Designer category of the newest award, Sustainable Fashion.

Scrap your car and help raise cash for Suffolk’s elderly

From:
Bury Free Press

Age UK Suffolk is the latest charity to join a scheme which turns unwanted cars into cash.

The charity, which helps 25,000 older people in the county, has joined Giveacar, a non-profit social enterprise which collects and auctions unwanted or unused cars for charity.

Among the 1,000 charities already signed up to Giveacar are St Nicholas Hospice Care and East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

Regardless of their condition, cars are collected free-of-charge nationwide by Giveacar then sold through an online auction or disposed of at an authorised treatment facility.

Profits from the sale are then donated to a charity of the car owner’s choice.

Even if the banger is scrapped, it still nets the good cause chosen by its owner between £40 and £160.

Ursula Austin, Business Development Manager of Age UK Suffolk said: “We are absolutely delighted to be included in this scheme and hope that many of our supporters and people in Suffolk will remember it and dispose of their cars via Giveacar.”