The project always promotes re-use over recycling wherever possible, and since it started in 2009, has prevented thousands of bicycles from being sent for scrap metal by refurbishing them and putting them back on the road instead. Bikes beyond repair are always stripped for parts that can be re-used on other bikes and only then are the remaining parts and frames sent to be recycled. Perished tyres and inner tubes prove to be the hardest things to recycle, although we do our best to pass them on to other groups and individuals, who transform them wonderfully into handbags, furniture and artwork!
The project is committed to minimising its waste stream wherever possible.
If you are starting a bike project and need secondhand parts, please get in touch as we have a surplus of certain parts and are always keen to support other bike projects where possible.