Re-cycling is a way to save planet

IT'S clean and green and gives a whole new meaning to recycling in Coffs Harbour.

The city council now has a Community Bike Recycling Centre at the showground, in partnership with Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services (CHESS).

“The Community Bike Recycling Centre is almost ingenious in being able to provide a range of benefits to so many people through one simple scheme,” Deputy Mayor and cycling enthusiast Cr Rod McKelvey said.

“It promotes cycling as a cheap, efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly mode of transport – and therefore helps the whole community.

“It also provides second-hand bicycles for use by targeted groups such as charities and schools, and it provides job training for the clients of Coffs Harbour Employment Support Services.”

CHESS clients working at the recycling centre will arrange the collection of unwanted bicycles. They will be taken to the recycling centre for repair and refurbishment under the supervision of experienced bike mechanics.

Once the bikes are fixed, they will be checked to ensure they meet safety standards, and will then be offered for a nominal sum of money to local charities and schools.

The recycling centre was the brainchild of the council's road safety and transport officer, Anne Shearer.

“You see so many unwanted bikes around that could be restored to perfect working order with a bit of work,” she said.

The project is funded by the council, CHESS and the State Government, while local bike shops offer technical advice and in-kind contributions.

CHESS is looking for mountain bikes, children's bikes and child seats. Phone (02) 6651 5911.

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