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Not every car becomes a flower bed when it dies. Now that the somewhat confusing Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program – also known as Cash for Clunkers – is about to start, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is reminding people what happens to the clunkers that will be turned in. The ARA says that the CARS clunkers will be processed: "according to the rules set forth under the CARS program to achieve the highest of environmental standards. With protecting the environmen

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Take a walk through any junkyard in the world and you're likely to come across any number of vehicles that are a mere rusted-out shell of their former selves. That's mostly because sheet metal is thin and, as the outer-most skin of an automobile, takes the brunt of the weather's nastiest beatings. Underneath, it's a different story entirely.

Starting on January 1, 2007 car-makers doing business in Britain will be required to dispose of cars from their brands when they are no longer in use. Approximately 2 million cars a year are scrapped in the UK, currently at the owners expense. The new plan is intended to ensure that cars are dismantled and recycled in an environmentally-sound manner.