Do you have unused, broken or unwanted bicycles or bike parts? You can recycle them! CleanScapes has partnered with Bike Works and Seattle’s transfer stations to create a new recycling opportunity in Seattle. At Seattle’s North and South transfer stations bring your bikes and parts to CleanScapes “RE-CYCLING” dumpsters, which are painted bright green and decorated with bicycle decals. All of the bikes and parts collected are taken to Bike Works where youth and adult volunteers of all skill levels help sort and repair broken bikes.
On Tuesday, November 9th CleanScapes and Bike Works will celebrate the 400th bicycle rescued from the landfill. Starting in June, CleanScapes began testing a new collection system for bicycles at Seattle’s transfer stations. Now in its sixth month, the program has consistently collected 10-50 bikes weekly for reuse, repair and recycling.
The bicycles and parts support Bike Works youth programs, the Bike Works community Bike Shop, as well as two bicycle aid programs that redistribute bicycles to Africa. Bikes beyond repair are stripped down to the frame and the leftover scrap metal is delivered to Seattle Iron & Metals for recycling.