Cars

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Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program that picks up unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, and boats. They will pick-up cars free of charge anywhere in California.

Call 1-877-680-9474 or visit Wheels For Wishes to get more information about how to easily recycle your vehicles, and benefit a child in need! All of the net proceeds are donated to benefit Make-A-Wish in Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

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Don't Recycle Auto Parts

Auto parts need to be disposed of as scrap metal. Do not place scrap metal in recycling. Find out how to dispose of scrap metal.

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Scrap or Sell It

If your car is damaged beyond repair, you can take it to the scrapyard. The following companies will accept scrap cars through drop-off and/or pickup programs: Sim’s Metal Management, Schnitzer SteelCarTakeBack and Junk my Car.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Wheels for Wishes

Consider donating an unwanted car to Wheels for Wishes. Pick-up is free and proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Car Donation Wizard

Car Donation Wizard works with a number of well-known charities to help recycle cars. They will pick up the car for free, and see that the proceeds benefit the charity you’ve selected. They accept most cars, trucks, boats and personal watercraft, RVs and motorhomes, trailers, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles. Learn more.

Car Donation Foundation

You can donate an unwanted vehicle to the Car Donation Foundation, who gives their proceeds to local children’s charities or veterans’ programs, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. Pick-ups are free. Learn more about their program.

Use the ARA Database

The Automotive Recyclers Association has a list of companies in North America that are certified to properly recycle your car. Old cars often contain harmful liquid waste, so it’s important to hand over scrap cars to those who are well-equipped.

Did You Know?

Scrap Car Processing

Job Creation and Automotive Recycling

In the United States, the automotive recycling industry employs more than 140,000 people nationwide, bringing in about $32 billion in sales each year. About 86 percent of a whole vehicle can be recycled into new car parts or other consumer products. Find out more.