By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 15:53

A huge thank you to everyone that joined us at this year’s Eroica Britannia. Last weekend, Chris, Leon and Pierson (a volunteer) spent 3 days at the infamous bicycle festival in the Peak District representing Re~Cycle. The Re~Cycle stall was a huge success, selling all the vintage bicycles and bike parts that were hauled down to generate funds to cover our running costs. Chris, our workshop mechanic even had the chance to take part in the Sunday ride! 

Eroica Britannia Re~Cycle

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 10/06/2016 - 18:11

On the 6th of June Re~Cycle held its annual African partners meeting. The day proved a huge success and was a brilliant opportunity for story and idea exchange. There were fascinating talks from members of Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE), Kaloko Trust and Glad's House, explaining the incredible work they do and how the bikes Re~Cycle provide, help them change the lives of their targeted beneficiaries. After a morning of talks, members of Re~Cycle had the chance to present recent developments as well as the vision for the next 5 years. All in all, a hugely productive day!

African Partners Meeting 2016

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 24/05/2016 - 13:49

Saturday 28th May

Opening hours: 9am – 1pm

Payment: cash or card accepted

Location: Re~Cycle, Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford, Colchester, C06 3AJ

More info

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 10/05/2016 - 18:03

Re~Cycle would like to thank the 10 Infinis engineers who spent a day at our HQ, helping unload hundreds of delivered bikes, recycling parts and preparing and loading bikes into shipping containers destined for our partners in Africa. 

Their assistance couldn’t have come at a better time – it’s our busiest time of the year with bike deliveries from the Halfords trade-in coming in thick and fast!

“What a brilliant idea and charity.  Cycling was a passion of mine as a youngster.  Volunteering today was a no-brainer,” said Darren Smith, Infinis Asst Regional Manager across the South.

The 10 volunteers from Infinis, a renewable energy company that generates electricity from landfill gas and wind turbines, spent the whole day at our HQ and managed to prepare and load an impressive 180 bikes  - this would have taken our small team of volunteers and staff over a week to do!  

“This is my first month at Infinis.  It’s been really helpful meeting the rest of the team on a day like this.  What a great idea” Matthew Gough, Landfill Gas Technician describing the day. HR Director, Paul Gregson, taking part in the team-volunteering scheme he helped launch, joined the team of gas field staff. “It’s great to be part of it and we want to encourage more staff to get involved in the future.”

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 21/04/2016 - 17:52

Great news! Re~Cycle picked up a gong at the Business Charity Awards for our long term partnership with Halfords. The awards are run by Third Sector magazine to recognise the outstanding contribution made by businesses in the UK to good causes.

Thanks to the partnership more than 20,000 bicycles have been donated, resulting in an estimated 120,000 people in Africa benefiting from the scheme because bikes are generally shared. That’s 300 tonnes of bike saved from a life of disuse!

In addition, the company's staff have raised £267,000 for Re~Cycle, and some volunteer their time to work at Re~Cycle HQ in Colchester, Essex as well as working with our charity partners in Africa.

The partnership has been instrumental in helping the public access Re~Cycle, with 80 stores across the country acting as permanent bike drop-off points and a yearly national trade-in event that see’s thousands of people donating their bikes via any Halfords store. We’d like to thank Halfords and everyone who’s made this partnership such a success and look forward to changing more lives through bike re-use.

Photo credit: Leo Wilkinson

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 20/04/2016 - 15:41

Thanks to a recent grant from the E D Charitable Trust we’re helping our project partners in The Gambia to build a new bicycle workshop. During 2016 we’ll also source and send 900 bikes from the UK and provide bike mechanic and business training. This will give the Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) team the skills, equipment and facilities to grow their already thriving bicycle social enterprise. The money they generate from their enterprise will be reinvested in the running costs of the WYCE school and health clinic (the only ones for 5kms) in a rural village called Madina Salam. 

Why is this project needed?

The Gambia is ranked 172nd out of 185 in the 2014 Human Development Index and the Madina Salam village, where this project is based, is in a rural location with limited government help and yet has an expanding population.

In Africa 75% of rural dwellers rely on agricultural trade to make their living and so having transport links to farms and local markets to sell produce and check prices is important.  Bikes are the primary mode of transport in rural Gambia and this workshop will increase access to affordable transport and repairs as well as supporting the essential services provided by the WYCE school and health clinic.

Jason, our Africa Programmes Manager recently visited the project and found that the mechanics at the bike shop and workshop in Madina Salam need an improved workshop space to make sure that they can offer a good repairs service to the community.  

What difference will this grant make?

This project will give new skills and confidence to two bike mechanics and an apprentice, get a community cycling and bring the benefits of bikes such as better farmer to market transport and help people carry heavy loads for work or farming. The income that WYCE makes from selling and repairing bikes will contribute to the running costs of a nursery, primary, and lower secondary school and health clinic benefitting 500 school pupils and 3,000 health clinic patients.

Project Sustainability

In keeping with the ethos of Re~Cycle and WYCE, the aim of this project is sustainability with the intention that the workshop builds on the current self-financing model. Along with ongoing bike sales income, additional sales will be generated by customers drawn to a ‘one stop shop’ which includes a professional repairs service. Future project costs such as wages, further training, re-supply of spares and profit to WYCE will come from the income generated by bike sales and repairs. Two containers of bikes sent within the project period will ensure that the mechanics have plenty of stock to work on into 2017 and Re~Cycle will encourage importation of bikes from multiple partners, beyond Re~Cycle.

New WYCE workshop 2016

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 15/04/2016 - 17:56

Our first 2016 shipment of bikes for our partners Wonder Years Centre of Excellence​ was unloaded in The Gambia yesterday, in Madina Salam. It appears most of the nearby school turned out to help unload the 491 donated bicycles as well as dozens of bags of spare parts and accessories. And a huge thanks to all WYCE staff who ran to the aid of the truck driver after he got stuck in the sand attempting a three-point turn! Also inside this container was a new complete bicycle repair tool kit arriving in anticipation of the new bicycle repair workshop build beginning later this month! 

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 17:39

Heads up! Are you looking for a new ride? Trade in your old bike now and receive 10% off any bike!

We are proud to announce a nationwide trade-in event with our corporate partner Halfords!

Between Friday 14th and Tuesday 19th April, you can donate your bike at any of Halfords’ 460 stores. By doing so you will have the option of receiving 10% off a new bike!

Locate your closest drop-off point here

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:42

Our third container of 2016 has safely arrived and unloaded in Accra, Ghana with Village Bicycle Project. The 482 bicycles inside will now be sorted, and those suitable for their workshops will be prepped before heading out to programmes in the northern regions later this month.

This container was especially important to us, as it was the first ever consigned by Prosper Dzandu, who we’ve been working closely with since way back in 2010! Prosper (pictured here doused in talcum powder) originally came to us via another workshop we installed on the outskirts of the Greater Accra Region. Formally a skilled kente clothe weaver, he retrained as a bicycle repairer before joining the VBP team as a trainer in 2013. He’s now progressed to being a consignee after more than 2 years of service distributing bicycles and repair training via Village Bicycle Project’s fantastic One Day Workshop Programme. 

It’s been a long journey for Prosper, who aptly named his own bicycle repair business in his home town ‘No Rush in Life Bicycle Workshop’, and we’re so proud to see him succeed. Congratulations Prosper! Ayekooooo!!

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 31/03/2016 - 13:56

Ride25, the ultimate cycling holiday adventure company, support Re~Cycle through donations and promotion to their customers. For every individual that signs up to a Ride25 cycling trip, the company donates £20 to Re~Cycle. In 2015 they very generously donated over £10,000 to Re~Cycle, and believe charitable giving and support is part of their business.

“Supporting Re~Cycle is part of our business DNA, we love the charity’s aims and values. Having a relationship with a charity that makes a difference to communities through bicycles just makes sense to Ride25 and our customers,” says John Readman, Founder of Ride25. With plans to double rider numbers in 2016 they are looking to extend that support further and have confirmed partnership with Re~Cycle for at least another year.

Plans are now in process for some exciting joint fundraising ventures that include prize draws and a specific Re~Cycle cycle trip – an amazing opportunity for individuals to combine a holiday with a personal challenge and fundraising! Watch this space for confirmations and details, but in the meantime visit their website and keep up to date via twitter @Ride25World

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Sun, 27/03/2016 - 10:55

As the Spring and Summer arrive, we are expecting to receive large numbers of bikes into our warehouse and we need more volunteers to help us manage during this really busy period.  Our warehouse roles include – unloading deliveries, preparing bikes for shipping, loading containers, dismantling damaged bikes for valuable spare parts and sorting/packing parts for shipment.

If you have any spare time available, particularly during April and May and can offer us some help, please do get in touch. All new volunteers will receive a warm welcome from friendly and supportive colleagues.  You will make a valuable contribution to our work, enjoy being part of a team and benefit from the satisfaction of being involved with something useful that helps to improve people's life prospects in Africa.

You can find an application form on the “Volunteer” section here. Or you can bring the completed form to our warehouse in Wormingford – Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford CO6 3AJ

Alternatively, you can phone us on 01206 617865 for a chat.

We look forward to hearing from you!

By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 10/03/2016 - 17:34

Our first shipment of 2016 has finally landed and offloaded in Zambia. Our partners, Kaloko Trust, reported today that there was a significant turnout of willing helpers to unload the 501 quality second hand bicycles we shipped from our warehouse in January. The majority of these bicycles will go to farmers from the Luanshya district, and the income generated from their sale will go towards funding a number of Kaloko Trust’s projects, including the expansion of a school building built in 2015, and a student sponsorship programme that already assists over 2,200 children.