Fully serviced, reconditioned bikes are on sale at the Brunel Road recycling centre in Newton Abbot on the first Monday of every month.
This initiative will reduce waste and offer more people access to cycling.
With some brands of bike as much as 20 per cent more expensive than a year ago, it offers those who want to saddle up a chance to do so at an affordable price.
A specially trained team at SUEZ, who run the recycling centres on Devon County Council’s (DCC) behalf, will repair the bikes from their new ‘Re-Cycle Hub’ at the Brunel Road facility.
They will repair old bikes, no longer wanted by Devon residents, and give them a new lease of life.
They will then sell them in the reuse shop at the Brunel Road Household Waste Recycling Centre, Newton Abbot on the first Monday of every month starting in July.
The bikes will be on sale on a first come, first served basis, and is dependent on the bikes coming in. New refurbished stock will then be added the first Monday of the following month.
Each bike will be serviced and include a warranty.
Each year an estimated 10,000 bikes come through the recycling centres in Devon as residents outgrow them, break them or get frustrated that they’re taking up valuable space in the garage.
The team at the Re-Cycle Hub will repair and service as many of these bikes as possible by using the various parts and spares from other bikes entering the waste stream, which then reduces the need for them to be disposed of entirely.
Not only is reuse and repair great for the planet by diverting waste away from disposal and avoiding raw materials to produce new products, but it also means that these pre-loved bikes can be rehomed at affordable prices and offer members of the public a chance to access an enjoyable activity without costing the earth.
So, if you’re thinking of getting fit, the kids have outgrown their bikes, or you’re on the search for a sustainable travel option then come along to the reuse shop at Brunel Road Recycling Centre and see what we’ve got in stock.
Councillor Roger Croad, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Equality said:
“Over the past few years new bikes have become increasingly expensive. This reuse and repair initiative will not only help to reduce the amount of waste created in Devon but will also offer residents an affordable way to purchase a fully serviced working bike.”
Rob Sanders, Regional Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said:
“Working in partnership with the County Council we are always looking for new ways to reuse and recycle the items that people bring to Devon’s recycling centres so we can divert more away from the rubbish skips and waste as little as possible.
“If you’re in the market for a new bike, pop along to the Brunel Road Recycling Centre at Newton Abbot on the first Monday of every month and our team will be happy to help you try to find the bike for you!.”