A Chat with Melissa Tank (volunteer)


Melissa first learned about Project ReCycle while standing in line at check-in for “Pedal the Plains”, a cycling event here in Colorado. AJ Stapleton, Project ReCycle’s Executive Director , was wearing this “really cool jersey,” she said. A big smile came across Melissa’s face as she told me the story. “How can I get one of those?” asked Melissa. AJ explained to her that the jersey was for “Team Project ReCycle” members. The team rides together in cycling events to raise money for the non-profit. The funds collected go back to Project ReCycle- which rebuilds donated bikes and gets them back into the community to kids in need. Read more

Douglas County Non-Profit Coalition

Why would as many as thirty local charities vying for the same pool of dollars work collaboratively?  To promote the importance of giving where you live!

Project ReCycle and representatives from local charities are working together as the Douglas County Non-Profit Coalition (DCNPC) to promote “giving where you live.”  The coalition is dedicated “to promoting, growing and finding synergies among local charities through increased awareness” of the broad array of charitable organizations within Douglas County.  The effort is made up of non-profit organizations eligible to participate in Colorado Gives Day, an annual event aimed at increasing philanthropy in Colorado during a 24-hour period of giving. Read more

Gold Level Sponsors Honored by Project ReCycle

Every time we get an opportunity to thank our sponsors we do so.  Today we had the pleasure to visit with American Family Insurance ,Colorado South Sales Director, Dave Carter (Pictured here ).  Dave had recently contact us to congratulate us on the article that made the news.  Late last year David visited with our Executive Director, AJ Stapleton at the Kick Stand.  David was impressed by our commitment to make Colorado a better place and by the passion with which we serve others. American Family Insurance has sponsored our helmets for the last 3 years. Project ReCycle gifts a brand new helmet with every bike. Read more

Project ReCycle able to expand in new space

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.

Deborah Grigsby dgrigsby@ourcoloradonews.com |0 comments


Alberto “AJ” Stapleton stands among more than 1,000 donated bicycles at Project ReCycle’s new location 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Arapahoe County. A Texas developer donated the 21,000-square-foot space where the charity now houses its repair shop, inventory and resale shop called “The Kick Stand.”

As Alberto Stapleton walks across the floor of an empty warehouse, his tall, sturdy frame seems to disappear in the vast space.“This is a long ways from the eight storage units we used to have to work out of in Littleton,” said Stapleton. He serves as executive director of Project Recycle, a charity organization founded in 2008 that repairs donated bicycles and puts them in the hands of those less fortunate.Stapleton said the space, donated by the private developer who owns the building, has added momentum and reach to the group’s mission.


“We were actually surprised when we pulled all the bikes out of storage and set them up,” he said. “We had no idea how many we had because they were all stuffed into these public storage units, but now, we see how much more we have to give.”

The group moved into the space at 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Douglas County in October. Stapleton said the extra breathing room has fostered the addition of nine new bicycle repair stations, and the creation of a new resale shop called The Kick Stand.

While Project Recycle accepts bike donations of all makes, models and condition, some are not always a good for kids or the average rider, according to Stapleton.

Higher-end bikes, such as those with specialized frames or those that may have a higher resale value, are sold, and the proceeds go back into Project Recycle.

But Stapleton said the new space is just the beginning of bigger things to come.

“The bikes aren’t always just for kids,” he explained. “We have a lot of bikes for parents as well. Some need them to get to and from work or the bus; others often ride with their kids.”

Project Recycle, which has given away more than 3,000 bikes since its inception, is looking at expansions into Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and New Mexico.

Among Project ReCycle’s biggest needs right now is a pickup truck to pull a small covered trailer.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us before that happens,” Stapleton said. “But it’s worth it, when you see that smile on a kid’s face. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

For more information, visit Project ReCycle online at www.projectrecycle.org.

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Xperience Colorado New Titanium Level Sponsor

As we approach 2013, we are starting to accept sponsors at different levels. Corporate or organizational sponsorship is one of the key ways we are able to do so much for kids in need.
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Project Recycle Finds a New Home

Donated Space in Englewood CO for Bicycle Storage & Repair Center

No greater news could come across as we approach this cold winter.  Over 20,000 square feet of warehouse space has been donated for our bike shop; “The Kick Stand”.  Project Recycle and Bikes for Tykes are sharing work space at 13796 Compark Blvd in Englewood, Colorado. The space was donated by Compark Partners LLLP thanks to our friend Cynthia Edwards, with The Human Effect. Read more

Welcome Channel 7 Viewers! We Are Happy To Have You!

Welcome to all of our new visitors that are joining us this week after watching the Channel 7 piece on AJ Stapleton an Everyday Hero recipient!

aj stapleton gets everyday hero award

We are all so proud of AJ and excited for him that he has received this recognition from the Denver community for all of his work with Project ReCycle and 3t Ministry. He works so hard to make Project ReCycle a reality and it truly is his passion. Read more

Construction Management Group Supports Project Recycle

Dunakilly, a Local Construction Management  Group in Colorado, is looking for support to help fill the  BOX!

This year during Saunders 40th anniversary Party, Dunakilly is asking our supporters and visitors to help Project Recycle with their Wish List.

Look at the items from the list below and come out on Wednesday October 24th to Skyline park on the 16th street mall between 11 am and 1pm to drop an item. Read more

3T Ministry has so many blessings to share this month.

Dear Supporters,

We want to include you in our 3T Ministry celebrations!  This week we feel so blessed for all the attention 3T Ministry has received.

On Septemeber 4th AJ and 3T Ministry were asked to be showcased on My Favorite Non Profit radio station.  Please take a moment to learn more about 3T Ministry and how this great non-profit organization got its start.  Click link here to be redirected to youtube or feel free to join our Facebook Group and Twitter Updates for even more information.  AJ put out a request while on the air to have everyone send in their suggested name for the coat collection arm of 3T Ministry.   Please feel free to send us your suggestions as well.  Project Recycle is the name of 3T’s bike program, but the coat collection is still unamed. Read more

This week at 3T Ministry


At this moment you could reach out to neighbors and collect a bike that can help a
child stay active, travel to school a little easier and put a smile on their face.
Warm your heart by motivating your charitable spirit.
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there. ~ Phillips Brooks.

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