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RECYCLING efforts went up a gear recently when the council rescued 30 bikes destined for landfill sites.

The bikes have been sent to the Bike Shed in Glasgow, a community based social enterprise run by volunteers who repair bikes and sell them on.

Ones that cannot be re-used are broken up for spare parts.

Councillor Billy Hendry, convener of the Council’s Development & Infrastructure Committee, said: “This scheme is a win win for everyone involved.

“For the Council, we improve our recycling credits by reducing the waste we take to landfill and therefore cut our costs and for the Bike Shed they have a supply of bikes they can recondition for use by people in their community.

“It is a modern take on the age old view that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

“We hope to continue with this arrangement so if anyone has a bike they no longer need, then bring it to the civic amenity site in Bishopbriggs and it will go to a good home.”

Tony Edwards, manager for Zero Waste Scotland, an organisation set up by the Scottish Government to help deliver the council’s recycling targets said: “It’s fantastic to see East Dunbartonshire Council looking for more and more ways to treat unwanted goods as a valuable resource.

“By striking a relationship with the Bike Shed, a local social enterprise the Council has identified an outlet for the disposal of old bikes and bike parts which has the potential to bring social and economic benefits to the local community, through the potential creation of local jobs and training opportunities.”

To find out more about the Glasgow Bike Shed operation check out www.glasgowbikeshed.org