You know it’s there. That old banger you bought for a bargain, sitting in your garage until one day you have time to do it up. That car that was your first little runaround that’s just about still running but you’re too nostalgic to let go, even though you’ve long upgraded. Sitting in your driveway, sitting on your garage, these unwanted vehicles are slowly rusting away. What can you do with them? Sure, you can call up a scrap yard, but it can be difficult to organise collection to fit in with a busy working lifestyle, and how do you know that the merchant you call is reputable?
Illegal scrapping is an underlying problem in the UK, with over half of the vehicles taken off the road every year not being disposed of through Authorised Treatment Facilities. This not only creates potential safety issues but also if materials such as oil and brake fluid aren’t disposed of properly, it creates massive environmental damage.
What about doing something different? What about not only recycling your car ethically, but also donating to charity whilst you do so?
Giveacar is a young social enterprise run by recent graduate Tom Chance. It aims to provide a free, easy and ethical vehicle donation service. They have also recently expanded to motorbikes and scooters, as well as cars and vans. It organises vehicle collection through a subcontracted company. Depending on the age and condition of the vehicle it is either scrapped, where at least 85% of the vehicle’s weight is recycled, or sold through a salvage auction. Either way, after a small administrative fee, the proceeds from this will go to the charity of the donor’s choice. Approximately six weeks after collection, the donor will receive a receipt from both Giveacar and their chosen charity. Since January 2010, Giveacar has raised over £250,000 collectively for charity, including over £50,000 for Cancer Research UK.
For more information or to enquire about donating a vehicle, go to www.giveacar.co.uk, call 020 0011 1664 or tweet @giveacar.
This article published on behalf og Giveacar