UK Recycling Program Turns Junk Cars Into Trees

Researchers at the International Energy Agency predict that there will be 1.7 billion vehicles on the road by the year 2035. Hopefully, a significant portion of those will be advanced technology vehicles, like electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars. However, getting even a couple million people to switch to alternative fuel vehicles means there will be lots of antiquated combustion engine cars headed for the recycling bin.

In order to encourage more people to make the switch sooner, an initiative out of the UK promises to plant dozens of trees each time someone recycles their gas-guzzler. Similar in spirit to the “Trees for Trade-Ins” program launched in Colorado early last year, the “Scrap Car, Plant Tree” program encourages owners of old cars to donate the vehicle in order to raise money for the creation of new green spaces in UK cities.

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Knowing that going it’s hard to convince people to go the extra mile for the planet, the program’s creators have made it almost effortless to hand their old car off to a responsible recycler. Those who want to donate can fill out a form on the Scrap Car Plant Tree website, giving details about the car and arranging a pick up time. Once completed, the scheme aims to tow cars within one to three days, after which they will be taken to a scrap yard or put up for auction if still roadworthy.

According to the organization, the average scrap car donation will provide the funds to plant 13 trees in an urban environment, while an auction-worthy car could bring enough to plant an entire grove. Donors can nominate a preference for the location of the trees purchase with their but the final decision is made by Trees for Cities. Farm machinery, mobility scooters and ride-on lawnmowers are also accepted.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog