Managing waste wisely

Priceless partnership gives old bikes new life

Old bikes can now be given a new life at the West Metro Recycling Centre, thanks to an exciting partnership with Dismantle.

Pre-loved bikes previously destined for scrap metal are now being collected by the West Metro Recycling Centre for Dismantle, a local not-for profit organisation using old bikes to teach at-risk youth new skills. Salvaged bikes are dismantled and reassembled by participants in Dismantle’s BikeRescue mentorship program, helping troubled youth reach their potential.

These bikes are worth more to the community than scrap metal. WMRC CEO, Stefan Frodsham said.

Not only does this initiative provide a responsible reuse avenue for old bikes, it also provides at risk youth with a future. Who can put a price on that? Instead of putting bikes on the verge, member and participating council residents can now drop them off for free at the West Metro Recycling Centre knowing they can be reused for a good cause.

We are so thrilled to partner with WMRC in closing the loop on waste. Dismantle’s CEO, Pat Ryan said.

 

At Dismantle, rusty old bikes that could otherwise be sitting in landfill, are our greatest tool in providing WA’s most vulnerable young people with the support they need. In WA, 44,000 young people live below the poverty line and youth unemployment is the second highest in the country. Socially and environmentally conscious initiatives like WRMC’s waste reduction program creates avenues for discarded resources to be converted into opportunities where they’re needed most.

Member and Participating Council residents can drop off their old bikes at the West Metro Recycling Centre for free 7 days a week. Bikes that are too rusty to reuse will be diverted from landfill and recycled responsibly as scrap metal instead.  To find out more about the amazing outreach work done by Dismantle or to get involved, visit www.dismantle.org.au or call 0468 777 258.

The Western Metropolitan Regional Council operates the West Metro Recycling Centre and manages waste wisely for the Town of Claremont, Town of Cottesloe, Town of Mosman Park, City of Subiaco, the Shire of Peppermint Grove with the Town of Cambridge.

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