Dawn Cochlan on Life lessons and Her Bike

Dawn Cochlan started volunteering with Project ReCycle about a year ago, but just right after Labor Day she became AJ Stapleton’s assistant. When AJ first told Dawn what he needed help with- he said holding his head, “I need you to take what’s in here and put it into that computer.” Dawn pointed to the computer and said, “I am here to help you in more ways than this.” In fact Dawn said giggling, “My email signature says-AJ’s right arm!” 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.

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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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AJ Stapleton Named January Hero From Bike Denver

We were are very pleased to announce that our Executive Director, AJ Stapleton has been named the Bike Hero of January from our friends at Bike Denver for his work with Project ReCycle and 3t Ministry.  If you are not familiar with this local Colorado organization, they work together with non-profits to promote biking as a healthy & energy efficient choice throughout the Denver area. They work hard to raise awareness to issues regarding bicyclist and also to help make changes where they can that will benefit all.

Congratulations AJ! You are an inspiration to us all!

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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Volunteers Needed on Saturdays

Help us Fix Donated Bikes in Englewood for Kids in Need

Volunteers Needed! If you haven’t heard, Project ReCycle now has a new donated beautiful facility in Engelwood. We have endearingly named it “The Kick Stand”. It is filled right now with bikes that have been donated that need a quick clean up, repair and tune up. We are racing the clock as we ready these bicycles for the holiday season. Can you imagine how many kids in need will smile when they receive one of these bikes? Read more

Project ReCycle Video For EveryDay Hero Award

We’ve been buzzing for a couple of weeks about many things over here at 3t Ministry & Project ReCycle. You likely know that Project ReCycle moved in October and we are so very grateful for our beautiful new space.  Last month was just as exciting our founder AJ Stapleton was recognized by Denver Channel 7 as an EveryDay Hero.

The piece aired throughout October and we now have the link to video to post here for you in case you missed it. Not only does Mitch and his team do a wonderful job of honoring AJ, but Project Recycle received wonderful coverage and the buzz surrounding this piece has been wonderful.  We are sorry it has taken us so long to post it for you! Read more

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