Friday, April 10, 2009

Old bike collecting dust? Recycle it!

A great organization called Pedals for Progress tell us that:
"Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 115,000 bicycles, 1,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 32 developing world countries"
The organization will take your artifact off your hands and ship it overseas. It costs them about $35 per bike to do so they insist on at least $10 from each donor. Don't be a cheapskate. Give them more.

Here's a Spring/Summer schedule of community collection days in various towns in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York....and a film clip about the organization.

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