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Scrap for charity

A new venture called Giveacar aims at getting scrap cars recycled while raising funds for charity.

The not-for-profit operation, set up by 23-year-old Nottingham University graduate Tom Chance, is supporting next week's Recycle Week 2010.

With one phone call the owner of a scrap car can arrange for its disposal in an environmentally friendly manner by an authorised treatment facility.

All money raised from the scrap or recycled parts is given to a registered charity of the owner's choice.

The service has already raised more than £40,000 for good causes, including the Children's Trust which helps disabled youngsters, Cancer Research UK and the Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability.

Chance said: "More than two million cars are taken off the road every year, but only half of them go through Authorised Treatment Facilities. What happens to the rest? Some are cherry picked for their valuable parts and what remains is left to rot. Others are given a makeover and put back on the road in a dangerous condition."

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