WINNER: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and FCC Environment
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has been working with FCC Environment and Cycle Penistone CIC to rescue bikes from skips and divert them to be refurbished and put back into the community at affordable prices. It also enables parents to hire bikes for their children in the award-winning Elsecar Park.
The project can be easily replicated by other councils, having been set up with little budget and is self-financing.
Cycle Penistone trained HWRC staff to recognise bikes that could be reused. FCC transported the bikes from the HWRC while the council transported bike donations to Cycle Penistone until it was able to purchase a van.
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Cycle Penistone then used the van to collect bikes from HWRCs, refurbished them and sold them on or provided bikes for hire.
For the hire scheme, Cycle Penistone, the park café owner, and the council park services and contracts teams arranged financials, recording sheets and disclaimers.
The café owner set up a till for the hire of bikes and designed advertising posters to display around the park. Cycle Penistone provided bikes and helmets, and the contracts team arranged for a spare container to be placed at the park to house bikes securely. Park services also obtained a grant to change the old sandpit into a bike track for children.
The initiative has created employment, helped the visitor economy and got people active. It has also enabled Cycle Penistone to reduce its reliance on funding. A full-time employment position has been created at FCC, as well as one apprentice and three part-time positions at Cycle Penistone.
JUDGES’ COMMENT: “This stood out for its use of second-hand products that lead both to a rise in social interaction and health benefits.”
More than 650 bikes have passed through the scheme and waste going into scrap has reduced by approximately seven to nine tonnes. Through a council employee unwanted bike scheme and the hire service at the park, 180 bikes have been donated.
Plans are now afoot for further hire schemes in the borough.
- Bank of England/De La Rue/Yes Recycling
- BDR Waste Partnership/ Renewi/SSE/BDR Community Liaison Group
- Bracknell Forest/Reading and Wokingham borough councils/FCC Environment.
- Camden Council/Local Green Points
- ERP/Resource Efficiency Wales/Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Powys councils/Heavenly Recordings
- Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service/Milton Keynes College
- Somerset Council/XMA/ Concept Management Consulting
- University of Cambridge/ Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service
- West London Waste Authority/Suez Recycling and Recovery UK