The Canadian program is very successful and it seems as though everyone is talking about junking of old vehicle these days. I think this is largely due to the hype that surrounded the American Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program, better known as "Cash for Clunkers."
'While the CARS program certainly demanded a lot of media attention and was a huge success in some respects, the Canadian program provides features and benefits that are at least equal to that of the American program, and may even be greater on a per capita basis.
Retire Your Ride is flourishing on a grand scale. To date the program has retired more than 16,000 older vehicles from Canadian roads, and reduced smog forming emissions by over 800 Tons.
Canada's Retire Your Ride Program is an initiative of the Government of Canada, the Clean Air Foundation, and its partners. The program is designed primarily as a mechanism to encourage the removal of older higher polluting vehicles from our roads and making sure they are recycled responsibly.
The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) is the national voice of the automotive recycling industry in Canada. The association has participated in development, and been instrumental in providing input for the Retire Your Ride Program.
If that reward doesn't appeal, there are other incentives available. These include transit passes, bicycles, memberships in car sharing programs, and discounts on new and used vehicles.
Professional automotive recyclers play a key role in the disposal of these vehicles, as we are the ones who make sure that every vehicle scrapped under the Retire Your Ride program is dealt with in an environmentally sound manner.
The National Code of Practice was created for Environment Canada by ARC. Those of us that are registered in the program and have completed the training session on the National Code of Practice are helping to make the entire process seamless for all parties involved.
AUTO RECYCLERS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE DISPOSAL OF THESE VEHICLES.
The Clean Air Foundation has fostered many' pro-environmental programs. The people that make up the organization have shown that they truly understand the very nature of automotive recyclers. This is especially true regarding what we can bring to the table from a "Green" perspective.
With the vision of the Clean Air Foundation and the strong support from ARC and call centres throughout the country we are sure to retire at least 50,000 vehicles per year until March 31, 2011.
Chrysler, Hyundai and Ford are all official automotive partners of the Retire Your Ride Program. These three manufactures offer additional incentives over and above the $300 incentive that comes from the government. These incentives come out of the company’s coffers. They're not tax payer money.
The benefits of automotive recycling in general, and in particular the re-use of high-quality OEM vehicle components, are very important for the preservation of our precious natural resources. Central to the entire Retire Your Ride program is recognition of this fact. For this reason, I believe it is an appropriate vehicle retirement program and is one that should be supported. It" promises good things for all stakeholders, as well as every person in Canada.
David Gold is the co-owner of Standard Auto Wreckers, an auto recycling facility with locations in Toronto, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. He can be reached by telephone at 416·286·8686 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.