Manchester City Council Worker Recycles 3,000th Bike

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by John the Monkey, 9 Apr 2008.

  1. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Nice story in the Evening News last night, about a council worker who saves bikes destined for local landfill.

    Full story (from the council's website) here.
  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    He should get a gong.
  3. User482

    User482 Guest

    What a great guy.
  4. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
    I get a warm tingly feeling of happiness just reading about it!
  5. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    excellent, i hope that halfords/argos aren't going to assassinate him,?:angry:
    that's a lot of £99's they've lost

    but this bit interests me..

    Not only do the bikes go to a good cause, but Oscar stops them from ending up in landfill sites.

    are MCC so stupid as to send bicycles to landfill, when they're made of metal and could be recycled?
    if our local government were mustard, they'd be the sort americans have on hotdogs, but even they can work this one out:becool:
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Nope they re-cycle the metal - just an 'editorial' comment....

    Good on the chap !
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    he's a legend. let's hope that the kids that get the bikes don't use them for nefarious purposes…
  8. User482

    User482 Guest

    MCC aren't going to pay staff to strip down whole bikes so that the frame can be recycled.
  9. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Zurich Switzerland
    Composite metal items are usually pulverised and seperated magnetically.

    Plastic simply burns away and aluminium melts much lower temps than ferrous metals.

    Usually a bike wouldn't be touched at all.
  10. User482

    User482 Guest

    Yes - I suspect that they will have a metals skip that will be sent to a contractor for processing; MCC won't have much to do with where the bikes end up.
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