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Premier Waste Management opens new drop off point to collect unwanted bicycles

Following the success of Premier Waste Management’s bike recycling scheme, a new drop-off point for people to donate their old bikes has been opened at Premier’s Monument Park MRF (Material Recycling Facility) site in Washington.

The scheme, which was launched in December 2008, saw Premier Waste Management team up with charity, Recyke y’ Bike in Newle and Sports Recycler, a social enterprise in South Shields to bring unwanted bikes back to life. They have now been joined by Bike-It, a scheme run by Your Homes Newle.

Unwanted bikes, frames and wheels can now be handed in at Monument Park on the Pattinson Industrial Estate in Washington. Premier will store them safely ready to be collected by the bike recycling schemes.

More than 300 unwanted bikes have been handed in to the scheme since it began and thanks to the generosity of people across the region, the bikes helped to benefit families within the North East and as far away as Africa. The bikes sent to Africa are used by doctors and nurses for transport in rural areas. The bikes may also be re-sold in the region, at a much lower price than a new bike. In this way the bike schemes give everyone the opportunity to purchase them as a gift or for transport.

Tony Hitchens, Head of Marketing at Premier said: "Premier would like to say a huge thank you to the support shown by people from the North East."

"The new drop-off point at Monument Park makes it easier for people in Washington and Sunderland to donate their unwanted bikes. Recycling schemes such as this prevent reusable items such as unwanted bikes from going to landfill or being sold as scrap metal."

"The African scheme provides vital support to health projects, providing doctors, nurses and midwives with bikes to reach otherwise inaccessible villages in some of the poorest countries in the World.

"The same scheme also donates children’s bikes to Afghanistan, as well as people closer to home here in the North East who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to own a bike, which makes this an entirely worthwhile activity."

Full details of all the drop-off points and recycling schemes can be found on the Premier Waste website by following the links to bike reuse/recycling scheme at: www.premierwaste.com or call: 0191 384 4000.

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