By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Tue, 05/03/2013 - 08:10

The third shipment of bikes is now on its long journey to the bicycle workshop Salvo Bikes, part of the Salvation Army International Development's Anti Child-Trafficking project in Mchinji, Malawi. The shipment comprises of 433 bicycles as well as many spare parts to enable the bikes to be serviced and maintained.

Today, 5 March we are awaiting delivery of another container, the 4th of this year, that is destined for The Bicycling Empowerment Network in Cape Town, South Africa. With more bikes being donated we are able to increase the frequency of shipments to our partners so many thanks to all for your much appreciated support. 

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 07/02/2013 - 14:42

On Saturday 2nd February we sent on its way to Ghana, the second container loaded at Twickenham of bikes collected by Action Bikes in London. A great team effort and many thanks to Tony Yerby and his colleagues at Action Bikes and their customers who had donated the bikes, to the generous people at Twickenham Rugby Club who provided storage space for the bikes and to the Re-Cycle volunteers who came along to help guide the loading.

A total of 417 bikes were packed together with many valuable spare parts that had been carefully sorted and packed. There are several lovely photo stories and a short video on the Action Bikes website here

As Tony said "Under the Re~Cycle crew's expert guidance it went very smoothly... possibly even record breaking ??  May have been the England V Scotland Rugby 4pm kick off that helped drive things along !"

Very many thanks to all who contributed to another great shipment that is due to arrive in Ghana on 28th February.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Sat, 19/01/2013 - 10:36

The new year has got off to a great start with 420 bikes loaded over 4 days that left Felixstowe on 17th January to arrive in Tema Port on 6th February. Many thanks to all who donated bikes and to our volunteers who helped with preparing the bikes for shipment and with the loading.

The bikes are for our partner The Village Bicycle Project and will be used for their projects in rural Ghana. Their Field Worker, Jason was in the UK over Christmas and came to visit us in Colchester at the end of December. Our volunteers were pleased to hear some of his many stories of life in Ghana and of the great impact that bicycles have in improving peoples lives.

We have shipments upcoming for Malawi, Zambia and South Africa that will be shipped as soon as we have enough bikes so please, keep them coming.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 14/12/2012 - 12:39

We offer our congratulations to The Climate Change Team at The University of Essex who recently had their work recognised when they were winners in Environmental Awareness catagory at the Colchester Business Awards ceremony. The judges were impressed with the university's implementation and attitude to sustainability and by its efforts at carbon reduction.

Re-Cycle is enormously proud of its muti stranded relationship with the university and delighted that this relationship formed part of the university's winning entry. Annually the university donates 100 or more abandoned bicycles to Re-Cycle and several times each year we sell refurbished bikes on campus raising much needed revenue for us but also providing low cost environmentally friendly transport for students. We also have many student volunteers help with our work and since the start of this academic year Re-Cycle has provided the very popular weekly Dr Bike sessions on campus that ensure that students bikes are well maintained. 

We done to the Climate Change team and we look forward to developing our relationship further still.


By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Sat, 10/11/2012 - 12:05

Our first container loading from our new premises on Severalls Business Park took place at the end of October. Not only was this a first from our new warehouse but also, as can be seen below, the container was delivered by a vehicle fitted with a crane and dropped onto the ground actually inside the warehouse. Previously we have had to load containers sat on trucks parked outside. Having the container inside was fantastically benefitial not only as we could load in the dry but also loading on ground level meant not having to lift the bikes up to the back of the container.

The shipment of 416 bicycles is now on its' way to Glads House Bike Project in Mombasa, Kenya. This is one of several projects supported by our partner Glads House.

Many thanks to all of the individuals. businesses and organisations who generously donated the bikes to us. It won't be too long before the bikes are are enjoying a new lease of life and providing great improvement to people's lives in Africa.

Container on the ground for loading, our new system, faster and safer
Container on the ground for loading, our new system, faster and safer :)

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 04/10/2012 - 06:32

We have now finished our move to our new warehouse on Colchester Business Park on the north side of Colchester. We apologise to those who face a slightly longer journey to our new address but for many people and for bulk deliveries, especially those coming from distance, our new location just minutes from the A12 will be very convenient.

Please note that Brunel Way can be accessed from either end of Severalls Lane. From Ipswich Road end turn 2nd right by the bollards into Wyncolls Road then after a few hundred yards turn left into Brunel Way where Gunfleet Business Park is on the left. Or from the western end Mill Lane roundabout, turn left into Newcoman Way then right into Brunel Way where Gunfleet Business Park is on thr right.  

Although Colchester Business Park is a great location it is prone to severe traffic congestion late afternoons and it can often take an hour for vehicles to get onto Ipswich Road. We would urge all visitors to get to us by mid afternoon latest to avoid being caught up in the jam.

New jam busting/daylight saving opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 08:30 - 16:30. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Bike Sales - Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

We are still waiting (10th Oct) for our broadband to be moved from our old address so apologies for the delay in responding to phone calls and emails.

New phone = 01206 841 268

All at Re~Cycle


By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 13/09/2012 - 19:19

We would just like to let everyone know that the move to our new, bigger, premises is going well and we are almost done! Thanks so much to everyone for their patience and understanding while we're relocating to our new Colchester headquarters.

From Tuesday 18th September we will be located at:

Unit 2 Gunfleet Business Park
Brunel Way (off Wyncolls Road)

Tuesday to Friday 09:00 - 16:30. Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Closed Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

We can now receive bike donations at our new address. With all hands on deck we are doing our best to ensure that the move goes as smoothly as possible although emails aren't getting answered as quickly as we would like so please bear with us.

Thanks for your patience - Everyone at Re~Cycle

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Fri, 07/09/2012 - 09:22

We are well into our move to our new (much) bigger warehouse in Colchester:

Unit 2 Gunfleet Business Park
Brunel Way (off Wyncolls Road)

We hope to be fully relocated by Tuesday 25th September. Our shop for bike sales is now closed but will reopen shortly at our new address.

It would be a big help if all future donations of bikes could be dropped off at the new address but please ring first to check there is someone there.

It will take us a little time to settle in so please bear with us as there may be a delay before emails and phone messages can be replied to.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Mon, 20/08/2012 - 21:40

On Friday, 31st August Action Bikes are putting on a pedal powered cinema to raise money for Re~Cycle.

Details + tickets

Showing the original Italian Job - The greatest British crime caper comedy of all time, 1969's The Italian Job towers mightily above its latter-day imitators. Classic film staring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill and many more. The immortal line "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" was voted best film one liner in a 2003 poll.

When - Doors open at 7pm, Film show starts at 7:30pm

Where - St. Philip & St. James Church, Kneller Road, Whitton, TW2 7BY

There will be food and a licenced Bar available on site, please bring along your own chair / blanket to sit on. In the event of bad weather the film will be shown inside the Church.

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Sat, 18/08/2012 - 13:46

Many thanks to the Wonderful staff and volunteers at Action Bikes, who have sent their first 40-foot container to Ghana.  412 bikes as well as parts and tools which will make a massive difference to people's lives. Photos.

Action Bikes are kindly collecting bikes and parts for us at their five shops in Central and South West London.  This is a big help, as there are LOADS of bikes in sheds, and the logistics of getting them to us is the tricky bit.

You can find your closest store here (also other bike reuse projects in London and around the UK) or on our donate a bike page here.

We also for cash donations also, towards to cost of running the charity.

If you're doing a sponsored bike ride, please do it for Re~Cycle!

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Thu, 05/07/2012 - 15:30

At Re~Cycle we have traditionally not called upon our friends and contacts to support our work but we are facing a growth in demand: our African partner projects are calling out for more bicycles and at the same time we have seen a massive growth in the number of people in who want to donate their bicycles to us..we're in demand!

Please help us meet this demand and double the number of bicycles we send to 10,800 a year.

How you can help

On average it costs us £10 to source, grade, store and pack each bicycle, along with much needed spare parts.

  • £20 will help us send 2 bicycles and parts
  • £100 will help us send 10 bicycles and parts
  • £500 will help us train community members how to repair bicycles – leaving a legacy for the community

Each bike helps up to six people: take for example the rural family with a new bike helping to get produce to market, helping the whole family.

How to donate? 

Please donate on our Virgin page or find more options on the web site's donate page.

Who we help in Africa – the humble bicycle improving life prospects

Your donation will help us provide bicycles to a variety of people in Africa all of whom make really good use of bicycles, which would otherwise go to the tip in the UK or be left in the shed for years. Read more about the projects we support here.

Ability Bikes Co-operative, Koforidua Ghana: Myriam is physically disabled and is now employed as a bicycle mechanic, and despite having to use crutches to get about she is a very competent and well respected mechanic. Ability Bikes is a micro-enterprise project developed and owned by physically disabled people who gain skills and run their own social enterprise bicycle scheme.

We have provided this project with bikes from the UK for three years, helping to provide employment and keeping the local community on their bikes.

Thank you so much for your support,

Merlin and the Re~Cycle team

By: Merlin Matthews

Posted: Wed, 04/07/2012 - 09:47

Merlin (founder) met a lady called Sue Denim in London and she's put him and Re~Cycle in her latest song and video, which is great :)

They were both unlocking their bikes - Merlin often tells cyclists about what Re~Cycle does, as they:

  • know how great bikes are
  • know bikes are being thrown away
  • might like to help/donate/do a sponsored bike ride