Recycle Your Cycle - A Great Scheme That Finds New Homes for Old/Unwanted Bikes

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Recycle Your Cycle have partnered with Sue Ryder to make it easy for you to donate your old or unwanted bike to a good cause! Avoid sending your bike to landfill and help local communities instead!

A selection of bikes for sale following the refurbishment and repair carried out by people working at Recycle Your Cycle workshops. Photo credit -  Recycle Your Cycle

A selection of bikes for sale following the refurbishment and repair carried out by people working at Recycle Your Cycle workshops. Photo credit - Recycle Your Cycle

In the few months we have been opened we have taken a number of calls from people looking to sell their bikes. For these calls we have setup the Community - Local Sales page on our website, where local riders can advertise their bikes and parts for free to other local riders!

But what do you do if you want to simply give your bike away? What do you do if you decide it is more economical to buy a new bike than repair your current one - but you don’t have the room to house multiple bikes?

Well Recycle Your Cycle might be the answer for you!

Recycle Your Cycle

Recycle Your Cycle is an incredible initiative that first began in 2015. Since it’s launch, the organisation has successfully refurbished and sold over 5500 bikes; raising more than £160,000 for charities across the UK - so far! Recycle Your Cycle are not government funded and rely completely on donations and support of the the public.

Recycle Your Cycle are available on Facebook and on Twitter and they are well worth a follow as you can find out where bikes are available for purchase.

How it Works

Recycle Your Cycle are passionate about a number of causes, including supporting disadvantaged groups within local communities, reducing the number of bikes going to landfill, prisoner rehabilitation and solutions designed to address the cycle of re-offending.

Recycle Your Cycle setup bicycle repair workshops in communities and in prisons. This enables offenders to train and gain new skills, helping to improve their employment prospects for the future, making it less likely for them to commit crime later down the line. Local communities also benefit by having access to affordable bicycles.

Recycle Your Cycle have established workshops at prisons across the UK, including HMP Wandsworth, HMP Hewell, HMP Cardiff, HMP Nottingham, HMP & YOI Swinfen, HMP Stocken, and HMP Liverpool.

The organisation also collaborates with mental health charity Jami, supplying them with bikes to be refurbished by their service users. These bikes are then sold at Head Room Bikes.

As well as re-purposing old bicycles Recycle Your Cycle offer a similar setup for old Dyson and Henry vacuum cleaners!

Once the bikes and vacuum cleaners have been refurbished the bikes and vacuum cleaners are sold in at events held at universities and through various charities and venues across the country. The money raised supports our partner charities, including more than 20 UK charities; and enables Recycle Your Cycle to continue this fantastic platform.

How to Donate Your Bike to Recycle Your Cycle

Recycle Your Cycle have partnered with the Sue Ryder charity to help make donating your bike as easy as possible. Simply use the Sue Ryder store finder to find your nearest store (local stores include Northfield, Alcester and Evesham.) Contact your nearest store and ask if they are participating with the Recycle Your Cycle scheme and if they can accept delivery of your bike.

Recycle Your Cycle also collect bikes from universities, police stations and participating bicycle retailers. Please contact your local service providers to see if they are able to take delivery of your bike to pass on to Recycle Your Cycle. We are currently unable to take on bikes for Recycle Your Cycle but it may be something we look to do in the near future.

Alternatively, if you have 20+ bikes or vacuum cleaners that you’d like Recycle Your Cycle to collect directly please contact them on 0845 456 2338 or email to organise collection of these goods.

Hannah Smith