Recology CleanScapes bike recycling program, and bicycle rehab non-profit organization, Bike Works, have partnered since 2010 to provide bicycle recycling drop-offs in King County. Previously, bicycles brought to transfer stations were thrown into the pile and sent off to the landfill.
A Recology CleanScapes driver noticed all the bikes being thrown away and asked if something could be done. Soon after, a partnership was born, supplying bicycle recycling dumpsters at transfer stations and a drop off option at the Issaquah and Highline Stores. In less than five years, King County residents have recycled over 10,500 bikes otherwise headed to the landfill!
Once the bikes are dropped off, Recology CleanScapes donates them to Bike Works, whose staff rehab or recycle the bikes. Bikes suitable for resale are either donated to low income children and families, or sold inexpensively at Recology CleanScapes retail stores and other locations.
Recology CleanScapes’ partnership with Bike Works is one of many that are targeted to divert reusable and recyclable items out of the landfill and back into communities. Other items available for drop off at retail stores include: fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, textiles, electronics and small appliances, Styrofoam, and batteries.
About Bike Works
Bike Works builds sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. For more than a decade we’ve worked to educate and empower youth, and make bicycling accessible and affordable to the Seattle community.
Bike Works strives to empower youth to lead healthy and productive lives, make bicycling accessible and affordable to people from all walks of life and promote sustainable transportation and environmental stewardship. www.bikeworks.org