Bicycle Donation and Recycling

Day 155 – I remember getting my first bicycle. I had just made my First Communion and a new bicycle was my big gift. Up until then I was riding my sisters’ old bikes or ones that we had acquired from various family and friends. It was an amazing feeling to have my very own bicycle.

Sadly, there are many children that don’t experience the joy of receiving a new bicycle. They don’t even get the chance to own any kind of bicycle, new or old. Today’s post lists some options for those looking to part with bicycles that have been outgrown or replaced with an upgrade. These bicycles have the potential to bring a great deal of happiness to children and adults, alike.

These are mainly options that can be found in Chicago. However, a simple Google search for bicycle donations in your town or city, can put you on the right track.

  1. Working Bikes – To donate, visit their warehouse/shop at 2434 S. Western Ave. any time during store hours. If the warehouse is too far for you to travel, you may bring your donation to one of their drop-off locations.
  2. The Recyclery – You can email donatebikes@therecyclery.org to schedule a pick-up. You can also drop off bikes directly to the Collection Points listed HERE. They take bicycles in all conditions.
  3. Play It Again Sports – Play It Again Sports will be happy to take your bicycle and they will pay you.

The 47th Ward is collecting bicycles until June 25th. You can drop off bicycles at 4243 N. Lincoln Ave. They are partnering with non-profit bike shops across the city to provide bikes to young Chicagoans who are in need of a workable bike.

Since, many organizations will take bicycles in any condition there is little to no need to recycle bicycles. However, if you have a bicycle that can absolutely not be donated, many scrap metal companies will be happy to take your bicycle.

Tossing your old bicycle is never an option. There is someone out there more than happy to take that bicycle and give it a new life.

Tomorrow, commemorating World Environment Day.

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