Recycle your bicycle
2010-05-12 · By Editor
Do you have an old bike taking up space in your garage? Has your child outgrown a bike or two? You can give your bike a second life by donating it to Long Beach youth through the Recycle Your Bicycle Program.
In celebration of National Bike Month, the City of Long Beach, Waste Management, and the H.U.B. Bike Co-op are launching the Recycle Your Bicycle Program to collect and refurbish bikes, and then redistribute them to local youth.
“This innovative program is an excellent way to help Long Beach be even more sustainable as well as benefiting our youth,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We are encouraging alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles and recycling though one amazing community enrichment program.”
The Recycle Your Bicycle Program kicks off May 22, and continues for the next three Saturdays (May 29, June 5, and June 12). Bring bicycles in any condition for donation from noon to 4 p.m. to any of these five city parks:
- El Dorado Park West – 2800 Studebaker Road
- Houghton Park – 6301 Myrtle Ave.
- Cesar Chavez Park – 401 Golden Ave.
- McBride Park – 1550 Martin Luther King Ave.
- Silverado Park – 1545 W. 31st St.
Bikes in salvageable condition will be repaired by the local bike community non-profit, the H.U.B Bike Co-op, through their mentorship program, and then redistributed to local youth. Bikes beyond repair will be recycled as scrap metal by Waste Management.
“We’re asking Long Beach residents to think outside the aluminum can when it comes to recycling on this one,” said Vickie Wippel, Community Relations Manager for Waste Management. “This is a great opportunity to clean out your garage, help out local youth and recycle all at the same time!”
The H.U.B. Bike Co-op is seeking volunteer bike mechanics to assist with bike repairs. Anyone interested in volunteering should email the H.U.B at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bikes donated during the Recycle Your Bicycle campaign will be redistributed to youth throughout the community to promote a more healthy, active, and sustainable community. Residents with questions about the Recycle Your Bicycle Program can contact Courtney Aguirre, Transportation Programs Planner, at 562.570.6667.