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UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

Posted By Taz Loomans On January 11, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In carousel showcase,Conservation,Recycling initiatives,social responsibility | 1 Comment

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Cars accounted for a whopping 21% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2009, but a creative new program from Giveacar [2] and Trees for Cities [3] aims to repair some of the damage caused by cars through the use of cars themselves. Scrap Car Plant Tree [4] takes donations of cars and uses the money they get from the scrap or from the car’s auction value to plant trees across the country.


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The program is run by a coalition of two organizations, Giveacar [2] and Trees for Cities [3]. Giveacar oversees the collection and disposal of the cars while Trees for Cities is responsible for distributing the funds raised to beautify urban areas through planting [6], community-led design, education and training initiatives.

According to Trees for Cities, it’s costs £7.50 to plant and care for a tree through its maturity. One car donation that is used for scrap can raise about £100, funding about 13 trees. If you donate a vehicle that brings in a good amount of money in auction, you’re could potentially subsidize a whole grove of trees [7]!

It’s easy to donate your car. Just fill in the online form, call the Scrap Car Plant Tree office, and your car will be out of your hair within a few days. All the while you gain the satisfaction that it’s working towards greening the UK [8]. Not ready to get rid of your car? You can also donate motorbikes, farm machinery, mobility scooters and ride-on lawnmowers.

+ Scrap Car Plant Tree [4]

Via Celsias [9]

Images via Wikimedia Commons User Andrew [10] and Wikimedia Commons User Portlandvillage [11]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=474616

[2] Giveacar: http://www.giveacar.co.uk

[3] Trees for Cities: http://www.treesforcities.org

[4] Scrap Car Plant Tree: http://scrapcarplanttree.org.uk

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=474619

[6] planting: http://inhabitat.com/earth-day-network-plants-350000-trees-in-uganda-aims-to-plant-10-million-trees-in-5-years/

[7] a whole grove of trees: http://inhabitat.com/the-million-trees-project-lets-you-design-and-plant-a-tree-from-the-comfort-of-your-computer/

[8] greening the UK: http://inhabitat.com/uks-new-environment-secretary-appointment-raises-cause-for-concern-among-green-groups/

[9] Celsias: http://www.celsias.com/article/uk-scheme-turns-old-cars-new-trees/

[10] Wikimedia Commons User Andrew: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Abandoned_Cars_in_WW2_Anti_Aircraft_Gun_site_-_geograph.org.uk_-_898487.jpg

[11] Wikimedia Commons User Portlandvillage: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Weymouth_Tree_Planting_-_November_2010_-_W1W_Tree_Initiative.JPG

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