If your car is a 1995 model year or older, you may as well think of it as a chimney with wheels, according to Dan Hopkyns, program director of Canada’s new vehicle recycling program.
“A 1995 model year and older vehicle produces 19 times more air pollution than 2004 and newer models,” Hopkyns said.
The new Retire Your Ride program aims to prevent some of that pollution, with a target of removing 36,000 vehicles from Canada’s roads before March 31, 2011 when the program expires.
The program — overseen nationally by the Clean Air Foundation — will recycle vehicles that are 1995 model year or older. Seventy-five percent of an average car’s content by weight can be recycled.
Vehicles to be retired must be in running condition as well as registered, and insured for the last 12 months. Participants will be eligible for rewards like public transit passes or bike and car share discounts or rebates.
Every province will have access to the program, by visiting www.retireyourride.ca or calling 1-877-773-1996
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