Knowsley Housing Trust and a community recycling organisation are helping people get back on the road with a new bike scrappage scheme.
CREATE, a social enterprise and charity that specialises in recycling and refurbishing white goods, has launched the scheme for residents in Knowsley with help from a grant from KHT.
Residents can take their old unused bikes, regardless of the condition, and exchange them for £50 off the price of a new bike from CREATE. There are funds for 120 new bikes.
Chris Gold from CREATE said: “This is a great way of recycling bikes that may have been sitting in a shed unused or headed for landfill, and providing an incentive to use a healthier, more sustainable form of transport.
“The unwanted bikes brought in to us will be refurbished and sold on at affordable prices to those who may not be able to afford a new bike.”
CREATE, based in Speke, was set up in 1995 to provide training and work opportunities for the long term unemployed. CREATE achieves this by recycling and refurbishing white goods that would otherwise go to landfill, and then selling these in its retail showroom alongside new household goods and appliances, furniture, garden furniture and bikes.
Terry Bonner, Operational Director of Landlord Services at KHT, said: “There are so many benefits to this scheme, from promoting health and wellbeing to diverting goods from landfill sites.
“KHT is a great supporter of social businesses like CREATE, which supports low income families and provides training and work in our communities.
“It is a fantastic way of providing a service while helping those families who need it the most.”
To be eligible for the scrappage scheme you must prove you live in Knowsley and sign a document stating you are the owner of the bike.
For more information about the scheme, contact CREATE on 0151 448 1748.
Pictured is Paul Hammond, bike engineer at CREATE