Thursday, October 22, 2009

What happens to bikes you recycle?

recycled bikes collected at the Shady Grove Solid Waste Transfer Station

What happens to the bicycles you set out for curbside scrap metal recycling, or add to the scrap metal pile at the Shady Grove Transfer Station?

Our staff sorts through the bikes, setting aside those which are in good condition. We partner with Bikes for the World, a sponsored project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, to put as many bikes as possible back into use. Bikes in damaged or rusty condition are recycled as scrap metal.

And what is the next step for bikes collected by Bikes for the World? Through selected non-profit agencies near and far, they become transportation for people who use them to get to work or school.

In honor of the International Day of Climate Action, Bikes for the World has set a goal of collecting and shipping 350 bikes at its collection events this weekend. Two of its events will be in Montgomery County:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9 am – 12 noon
    St. Paul’s Catholic Community,
    at the Community Gazebo, corner Rt. 108 and Rt. 124,
    Damascus MD 20872
  • Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10 am – 2 pm
    Congregation Beth El,
    8215 Old Georgetown Road,
    Bethesda MD 20814

In addition to bicycles, Bikes for the World also accepts bike-related items, sewing machines, and cell phones.