UNWANTED bikes and furniture across Malvern district have been being given a new lease of life, thanks to a link-up between two reuse organisations which will soon have been up and running for a year.
Worcestershire County Council and its waste contractors, Severn Waste Services are working with Malvern Cycles and Worcestershire Lifestyles as part of the scheme, which is based at the Malvern Household Recycling Centre.
Anyone visiting with bikes or furniture that can still be used is urged to donate it to prevent it going to waste.
Anyone having a clear-out is urged to join in with the scheme which helps the environment, local organisations and other members of the community.
Nick Trotman is from the not for profit social enterprise Malvern Cycles which was set up to promote cycling and recycling and offers bike restoration and a repair service.
He said: “It’s a really good link-up that allows us to give bikes a new lease of life, whether that be by working on the cycles donated directly or by saving parts that can be used to repair other bikes – our message is please keep donating.”
Independent charity Worcestershire Lifestyles currently supports around 250 disabled adults in a range of education, work-based recycling projects, volunteering, advice and social activities.
It collects good quality household furniture and other domestic items, such as crockery, bedding, curtains and ornaments from both Malvern and Worcester’s Bilford Road Household Recycling Centre before selling them at its shop in Lowesmoor.
Tony Whitcher, Worcestershire Lifestyles’ chief executive, said the organisation was pleased to be working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and Severn Waste Services.
“Donated items make a huge contribution to the viability of our charity.
“I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone that has supported us by donating items.”
Coun Anthony Blagg, responsible on environment on Worcestershire County Council, said the authority was pleased to support reuse schemes and urged any residents with items they felt could be reused to log onto www.letswaste.com to find out more about waste prevention.
Visit www.malverncycles.org.uk for more on Malvern Cycles or go to www.worcestershire-lifestyles.co.uk for further information about Worcestershire Lifestyles.