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First-Ever ‘Trees For Clunkers’ Program Debuts in Colorado

First-Ever ‘Trees For Clunkers’ Program Debuts in Colorado

 

Written by Stephen Messenger

Remember the Cash for Clunkers initiative aimed at taking aged gas-guzzling vehicles off the road in exchange for wads of money? Well, a novel new program underway in Colorado is hoping to do the same thing — but this time folks are being incentivized to ditch their outdated rides for the promise of a different kind of green altogether.

Last month, the Clear the Air Foundation launched a first-of-its-kind program to rid the streets of inefficient, polluting old cars by encouraging people to trade them in for trees. Working with car dealerships across the state, in partnership with the Colorado Tree Coalition, the Trees For Trade-ins initiative hopes to collect and scrap hundreds of donated clunkers, and in exchange, plant an equal number of trees to reforest regions in need of some arboreal cover.

For director Keith Wood, the Trees For Trade-ins program could be a great way to clear the air of pollution on two fronts. Not only does kicking older vehicles built with poor emission standards mean less smog, “the program will help plant trees in communities affected by natural disaster through the ReForest Colorado program and will assist in furthering the group’s mission to preserve, renew and enhance community forests in Colorado.”

Unlike some donation programs which refurbish and resell the vehicles they collect, cars gathered by the Trees For Trade-in program will be stripped down and sold for scrap, ensuring that their coughing tailpipes will no longer spit harmful fumes to dirty the air in Colorado.

As if that weren’t forward-thinking enough, it gets better yet. According to The Trinidad Times, profits reaped from these scrapped cars will be used to fund scholarships in automotive and technology fields, and to aid those suffering from respiratory illnesses.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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3:49PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Awesome! We need this to happen everywhere!

9:16AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

thank you

3:34AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Good one.

3:33AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Let's hope they have a lot of takers on this project.

2:45AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

I like this idea.

8:30PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

What a wonderful idea! I hope it catches on all across North America.

4:05PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Small steps. Big rewards. We need more.

3:46PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

A wonderful idea!!
"Last month, the Clear the Air Foundation launched a first-of-its-kind program to rid the streets of inefficient, polluting old cars by encouraging people to trade them in for trees. Working with car dealerships across the state, in partnership with the Colorado Tree Coalition, the Trees For Trade-ins initiative hopes to collect and scrap hundreds of donated clunkers, and in exchange, plant an equal number of trees to reforest regions in need of some arboreal cover."

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3:45PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Interesting idea. Hope it works.

2:29PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

This is a great way to get rid of the clunkers and to recycle metal. Thank you for foing this. Good work!

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