Yes; scrapping and junking vehicles is big business in the United States. In addition to salvaging usable parts from old cars, the steel content–which makes up about 65% of the vehicle–is scrapped and recycled, selling at a price of about $250 per ton. Recycling steel requires 74% less energy than mining and smelting new steel, so it makes environmental sense to recycle your old car.
Yes. You might be able to donate it to a program like givecars.com, which takes old cars (from any year) off people’s hands and resells them to dealers, if they are able to be fixed up, and uses the proceedings for charity (teddy bears for traumatized kids rescued in fires, or from child abuse, etc).
San Mateo County in California runs a vehicle recycle program, and you might even have the opportunity to get paid for recycling your old car. Aside from that, most cars are recycled by junk yards for profit, you just have to make sure it ends up in the right hands, like an auto wrecker. Most of the car will be melted down and reused, aside from the “fluff” (seat cushions, carpet, etc), which will end up in a landfill.
donating your car is a great option. There are a plethora of really great charities that accept your used car and sometimes will grant you a tax write off with your donation. A lot of companies in the business of taking your used car will also pick up the car for you so that you do not need to worry about taking the car far off and getting a ride back. These companies make the program really accessible to you and want you to get the most out of what you are giving. You are also providing a great service for those who can not afford any form of transportation.
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