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Positive Side Effects of Donating Your Car to Your Public Radio Station

You probably know donating your car to your public radio station supports local and national programming, but did you know it also has environmental and economic benefits?

When you donate your car to public radio through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program, you make a valuable contribution to keep your favorite local and NPR programs on the air.

Besides supporting public radio, your vehicle donation has a positive environmental and economic impact. Over 12 million cars enter the recycling stream every year through donation which contributes $25 billion annually to the national GDP and provides nearly 100,000 jobs.

And that’s not all!

  • More than 80% of the materials used in a car are recycled.
  • Steel makes up most of a car’s body weight, and steel is endlessly recyclable! Each year more than 18 million tons are melted down and reused.
  • The U.S. and Canada recycle enough steel to produce 13 million new vehicles.
  • Car recycling saves 85 million barrels of oil from being used to make new parts.
  • Fluids and oils are safely removed from recycled vehicles to equal 8 Exxon Valdez oil spills.
  • About 90% of a vehicle’s aluminum is recycled, which accounts for less than 10% of its weight but up to 50% of its recycled value.
  • Approximately 99% of car batteries are recycled.

Click here to start the car donation process!

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