Barnsley’s recycled bike project wheels in another award

Barnsley Council and partners FCC Environment and Cycle Penistone CIC are celebrating again after winning another prestigious award for their innovative bike recycling scheme.

The rescued and reused bike scheme was named winner in Partnership Excellence (Public/ Private Sector) at the MRW National Recycling Awards 2018 last month.

The MRW National Recycling Awards aims to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management.

The award joins the project’s existing accolades from earlier this year, namely Gold in the Transformation in Environmental Services category at the IESE Awards and highly commended in the Public/ Private Partnership category at the LGC Awards.

The Barnsley scheme which started in September 2016 has now saved 750 bikes from landfill, bringing them back into use for sale or hire. Bicycles that are taken to Barnsley’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for disposal are instead diverted to Cycle Penistone CIC for refurbishment. Once restored to their former glory, they are sold onto the local community at affordable prices or made available for children to hire at Elsecar Park.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This award is recognition of the excellent partnership project that is delivering great results for Barnsley residents. This fantastic scheme is not only helping people to recycle more but also to benefit from the reuse scheme itself, getting bikes at affordable prices.

“As part of our #EverybodyThink campaign we’re encouraging residents to recycle as much as possible. If you’ve got an unwanted bike you can donate it to the scheme at any of our household waste recycling centres. If it’s in good enough condition, it can be repaired and refurbished for someone else to enjoy.

“With Barnsley hosting some high-profile cycling events including the Tour de Yorkshire and the forthcoming Town Centre Races, people might be feeling inspired to take up cycling and enjoy our beautiful countryside - it’s easy to hire or buy a bike thanks to this award-winning project.”

Donations are welcome - unwanted bikes can be brought to any of Barnsley’s four HWRCs or residents can email hwrcpermits@barnsley.gov.uk to arrange collection.

For more information on getting into cycling in Barnsley, visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/cycling  and to find out where the rescued bikes are headed, visit the Cycle Penistone CIC website at www.cyclepenistonecic.com/

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