Project Recycle is a Douglas County based 501(c)3 Non-Profit. We ReCycle used bikes, fix them up and provide them to those in need.
What do you guys do?
We distribute refurbished bikes, helmets, bike locks, bike lights and provide bike safety education directly to individuals and families through our bike program, our events, and Indirectly through partnerships with other organizations that share our mission.
Where do you get your bikes?
Our “Recycle Your Bicycle” program is our signature bike collection program. We collaborate with several cities, churches, schools and organizations. This program helps us keep hundreds of bikes from landfills. Bikes collected are brought back to our shop to be refurbished. Additionally, we work with 5 Walmarts and recycle their returned bikes.
How do you decide who gets bikes?
We run two main programs for bike distribution. Our “Dream Bike“ program challenges children in the k-6th grade to earn a bike by improving Attendance, Respect and Grades. Our “Bikes for Tykes” program aims to fulfill the unmet needs of underprivileged, abused or neglected children throughout Colorado.
I have a bike to donate, would you pick it up from my home?
Rarely. Since we work with 13 bike shop locations, 1 Whole Foods market, there are several locations for your bike drop off. Additionally, we do bike drives throughout the year giving you the opportunity to recycle bikes in your neighborhood event.
What condition does the bike have to be in?
Although we prefer gently used and new bikes to be donated, we will take bikes in almost any condition in efforts to keep bikes out of landfills. We will recycle any part of the bike that we can’t utilize.
Do bike recipients have to do anything to get a bike?
Project ReCycle was started in 2010 with a purpose of making children smile by providing them a bicycle. Our firs run at this venture lead us to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children behavior in a positive manner. Children are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth.
Are the bikes just for kids?
Our primarily focus is getting children on bikes. However, we do gift bikes to the parents as well. We feel that if the parents are riding, their children are more likely to ride as well. Additionally, we support adult groups by providing bikes as a form of transportation.
How can I help?
We are always in need of Event volunteers and Mechanics. You can sign up in our Home web page as an event volunteer or mechanic.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
13 and older can volunteer without parental supervision. 12 and under must be accompany by a parent. All volunteers must sign our volunteer waiver form. Those under 18 must have parents sign the form as well.
Where do you get your funding?
We have been supported by individual donations and sponsorships from businesses. We have received some small grants. Additionally, funding comes from our Riding team and their fundraising efforts, and from our fundraising events.
What is your greatest need?
Currently we are in need of monetary donations. It takes us $50 to sponsor a child to a refurbished bike, new helmet, bike lock, water bottle and education. We have nearly 1000 bikes in our warehouse waiting for a sponsor before we can start repairs.