Don’t Let Your Unregistered
Vehicle Go To Rust!
Donate it or Recycle
Junk and abandoned cars and
trucks are unsightly and potentially dangerous. In addition to being an
eyesore, abandoned vehicles left to rust in yards, wooded areas, and open
spaces can damage the environment by leaking toxic fluids into groundwater.
They also attract more illegal dumping.
How to Get Rid of
a Vehicle You Don't Want
There are many charitable
organizations that accept donations of working or repairable vehicles.
There are also local businesses and individuals that will provide “junk
auto” removal services. Instead of letting your unwanted vehicle rust in
your driveway or backyard, turn it into a resource that provides money
to a nonprofit organization or gets recycled into new steel products.
Donate Your Unwanted
Working vehicles (and even
those in need of minor repair) can be donated to a variety of charitable
organizations. Most will accept cars, trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, trailers,
boats, motorcycles, and RVs. Depending on the condition of the vehicle
and the charitable organization, donated vehicles may be sold or given
to low income families, sold at auction, or salvaged.
Many charitable organizations
work with a third party to handle vehicle donations. The following agencies
handle car donations for a variety of organizations:
www.auto-donation.com or 800-456-5517
Some national charitable
organizations have specific websites and programs for vehicle donations.
Check the listings below, or conduct your own Internet search.
or 800-586-4227, to support the American Lung Association
or 800-936-4361, to support the American Diabetes Association
or 888-831-1352, to support the Family Care Foundation
www.goodwillcardonation.org or 866-233-8586, to support Goodwill
or 888-881-9090, to support Helping Hands of America
https://www.kars4kids.org/ or 877-527-7454, to support Jewish Youth programs
www.kidney.org or 800-488-2277, to support the National Kidney Foundation
http://massri.wheelsforwishes.org or 855-692-9474, to support Make-a-Wish
www.cardonationfoundation.org to support Vehicles for Veterans
accept a wide range of vehicles. They typically provide pick-up at no charge
through local towing companies. Please note that the list above is not
inclusive and information on donation opportunities and criteria may change.
By listing these agencies the District is not endorsing their services.
Some local and national charitable
organizations, churches, and civic groups handle their own vehicle donations.
Contact the charity of your choice or check their website to see if they
accept vehicle donations.
Most organizations require
that you have the vehicle title in order to donate it. You will also need
to provide the organization with the vehicle’s year, mileage, VIN, make,
model, and condition. Contact the organization directly for vehicle
age/condition restrictions. The information will also be on the donation
website. If you do not have the title, the organization may still be able
to accept the vehicle if you have other proof of vehicle ownership, such
as an old registration.
the Vehicle Hauled for Recycling
There are many local businesses
and individuals who provide scrap metal recycling services. Several are
listed below. The person doing the hauling will help you assess any costs when
you call. Generally, the cost, if any, depends on the location of the vehicle
and the age/condition of the vehicle. Typically, vehicles must be cleaned
out and any trash or extra tires removed.
Some questions to ask:
Is there a removal fee?
Is the title required? What
can I do if I don’t have the title?
What sort of vehicle preparation
Area businesses that offer
towing of vehicles for metal recycling:
- Auto Salvage of Greenfield
- Byrne Used Vehicles/Towing,
Greenfield (413) 772-1199
- Leon Sirum &
Co., Inc., Greenfield (413) 774-3740
- Speedway Metals,
Greenfield (413) 774-3664
- Bernardston Auto
Wrecking, Bernardston (413) 648-9300
- Stagecoach Auto Repair,
Charlemont (413) 339-8515
- EAD Trucking,
Whately (413) 218-9013
Please note that this list
is not inclusive. The District does not guarantee that the businesses listed
above are in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal requirements.
The District is not endorsing any specific business.
Do I Notify about an Abandoned Vehicle in a Public Space?
Contact your local town
office or police department.
Unregistered Vehicles Allowed on Private Property?
Ordinances regarding unregistered
vehicles on private property vary from town to town. Some towns allow one
unregistered vehicle per household, while others do not. Some also provide
special permits to allow households to have additional unregistered vehicles.
Check with your local town office or police department about regulations.
Franklin County Solid Waste Management
50 Miles Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Tel: (413) 772-2438
MA Relay for the hearing impaired:
711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD)
Fax: (413) 772-3786
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