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Funded on Spacehive 9 December 2021 Delivered 25 June 2022

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Recyke y'bike By Recyke y'bike

To create a salvage focused project where volunteers are specifically trained to recover reusable parts from donated or abandoned bikes and responsibly recycle what can't be reused.

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This project was funded on 09 Dec 2021!

Recyke y'bike are receiving record numbers of unwanted bikes and never turn a bike away. Whilst we do our best to ensure that all bikes are utilised in some way and that parts are salvaged and reused, we need more resource to keep pace with the level of donations coming in. A designated mechanic to take responsibility for processing bikes which can't be refurbished, to train and support volunteers to be able to identify what can be reused and what can't, and ensure unusable components are recycled responsibly would greatly improve a) the quality of the experience for volunteers b) the capacity and effectiveness of the process. By salvaging and selling parts we aim to make this project self sustaining within 1 year.

What we'll deliver:

  • Process 5000 donated or abandoned bikes each year
  • Salvage any reusable parts to be used in the refurbishment of other bikes or sold in the shop
  • Dispose of any unusable parts responsibly
  • Provide training for 50 volunteers per year which increases their skills, knowledge and confidence
  • Sell salvaged parts via our shops and online to create sustainability for the project after the first year

Why it's a great idea:

Recyke y'bike takes unwanted bikes and refurbishes them to be sold at a reasonable price or to give away to people in need. Funding will enable us to be able to deal more effectively with donated bikes which are not viable to refurbish. This will mean that more parts will be salvaged which will enable bikes to be refurbished in a more cost effective way using fewer new parts. We'll also be able to offer customers the opportunity to purchase salvaged parts for their own bike projects or as part of a cost effective repair. Ultimately this makes cycling more affordable and accessible. We'll also be able to sell parts online. Having a designated mechanic providing training to volunteers specifically on the salvaging of parts makes it a more attractive prospect and a high quality experience. At the moment dismantling and salvaging is an unpopular task as it's seen as valuable compared to refurbishing bikes and as a result bikes pile up. Volunteers will gain more skills and experience.

Steps to get it done:

  • Appoint a mechanic to lead the project
  • Hold a meeting with volunteers to plan the project
  • Purchase additional tools and storage required
  • Begin training volunteers
  • Review and evaluate at 3 month intervals


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Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £6,801

Wages for a member of staff 10 hours per week for 1 year to oversee the project - £5,427 (80%)
Parts washer to clean salvaged parts ready for re-use - £435 (6%)
Bins on wheels to transport scrap to the van - £324 (5%)
Tools to dismantle bikes - £122 (2%)
Other - £493 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Wages for a member of staff 10 hours per week for 1 year to oversee the project
Parts washer to clean salvaged parts ready for re-use
Bins on wheels to transport scrap to the van
Tools to dismantle bikes
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

Total £6,801

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