Re-cycle is open for donations, sales and volunteers 10am-5pm Thursday – Saturday.
The workshop is closing for a winter break after December 7th, reopening January 9th.
putting unwanted bikes back on the road
Donate your Unwanted Bicycle
Good bikes that would normally go to waste can be donated to Re Cycle at the workshop in Swansea. Re-Cycle was set up as a social enterprise 6 years ago to reduce the widespread waste of bikes, keep Swansea supplied with reliable and affordable bikes and to provide training in cycle maintenance.
We accept donated bicycles in fair to good condition- if we can’t fix it we strip it for spares. We also welcome any spare parts or accessories.
Most refurbished bikes for sale are mountain bikes, some road and hybrid, and there is a steady flow of retro 1970s-90s bikes.
All bikes are serviced and refurbished by fully trained cycle mechanics and volunteers – and come with a two-month guarantee.
Bikes are sold to help support the project costs, given in exchange for voluntary work, and supplied to community groups.
Most people donate bikes because they dislike waste and prefer not to throw their bikes away. The recycling depots in Swansea are still taking in thousands of bikes every year but the project has so far been refused access to any of them.
Re-Cycle receives no charity or grant funding and relies entirely on bike donors and volunteers for support. Thanks to this support, and the rise in profile of cycling, Re-Cycle continues to grow during these difficult times.
Prices range from £30+ for children’s bikes; £50+ for adults. The prices are generally at least 20% lower than the going rate, and people often donate unused or top quality bikes. We also have a stock of refurbished parts.
Over the last six years Re Cycle refurbished and distributed over 3,000 bikes.
Volunteering Opportunities at Re Cycle
As a Re Cycle volunteer you learn on the job and get to choose a bike. This popular scheme involves the exchange of a bike for 2-3 days volunteering. Renovating bikes can be a very satisfying activity, and volunteers gain valuable experience in repairs and servicing.
Hundreds of volunteers have ridden away on a bike they’ve helped restore at Re Cycle. Around 10% of donated bikes are given to volunteers in exchange for their time. Most volunteers work on bikes in the workshop, some venture out for bicycle pick-ups, others help with promotion or admin.
Renovating bikes can be a very satisfying activity, and volunteers gain experience in maintenance, repair and servicing. Most volunteers approach us individually, some are on placement from organisations and professions.
Contact us to book your slot as a volunteer. There is currently a three-week waiting time for volunteer slots.
click here for a two-page spread in the Evening Post:
Over the last few years re-cycle has put around 3000 bikes back on the road in swansea, all bikes were donated by people who would rather see their bike used rather than melted down for scrap. The not-for-profit social enterprise takes in donated bikes, selling 80% at low cost and the rest go to volunteers in exchange for their time.
Michael Reid from Mumbles Community Radio (www.radiomumbles.com/) visits re-cycle for a chat about this’n'that.
Re-Cycle Swansea - we put unwanted bikes back on the road
The Re Cycle project at Swansea takes in donated bicycles and puts them back on the road.
Trained mechanics refurbish & service bikes to a high standard – all bikes are sold with a two-month guarantee.
The renovated bikes are available from the workshop and showroom – see map below.
Re-Cycle Swansea is a social enterprise project run by Re-Cycle South Wales; a not-for-profit community interest company (No. 0784655)
For info contact Ian Williams.
Re Cycle is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 6pm.
FINDING RE-CYCLE SWANSEA
Just off Bryn-y-Mor Road, in a courtyard behind the Mill Pub on Catherine Street, SA1 4NE.
Re Cycle South Wales Community Interest Company is a social enterprise aimed at increasing access to cycling, while helping to reduce unnecessary waste and carbon emissions.
Studies show that 1.2 million bicycles are thrown away in the UK every year. Most people are happy to donate their bike to the project rather than see it melted down as scrap.
Over 3000 bikes have been put back on the road by Re Cycle projects in Swansea and Newport since 2007 – (that’s equivalent to 130 tonnes that would be scrap metal by now). We rescue about 80% of donated bikes, the rest are used for spares.
re-cycle swansea report 2011
Click for more details: facts and stats on a pdf file.
RE CYCLE NEWPORT
This project ran from 2009 – 2011 at Beechwood Park, Newport.
Re-Cycle South Wales would like to thank the volunteers (over 200 of you!), bicycle donors (300+) and organisations we’ve worked with. The project ran in partnership with Wastesavers and the South East Wales Regional Equality Council.
We are working with supporters, funders and the council to locate a city-centre based premises so that we can re-open later in the year. Contact Ian Williams for further details.