UNWANTED bicycles and furniture are being given a new lease of life in Malvern.
Worcestershire County Council and its waste contractors Severn Waste Services, which manages the Malvern Household Recycling Centre, has teamed up with social enterprise Malvern Cycles and charity Worcestershire Lifestyles to make sure nothing that is still in a useable condition is thrown away.
Anyone visiting the centre off Worcester Road with bicycles or furniture is being encouraged to instead donate them to prevent them from going to waste.
Nick Trotman from non-profit social enterprise Malvern Cycles, which is also based on Worcester Road, said he was pleased by how successful the project had proven over the past 12 months.
"It's a really good link-up that allows us to give bikes a new lease of life, whether that be by working on the cycles donated directly or by saving parts that can be used to repair other bikes.
“Our message is please keep donating."
Worcestershire Lifestyles chief executive Tony Whitcher said he was also pleased to be involved.
Tony Whitcher, Worcestershire Lifestyles Chief Executive, said: "We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and Severn Waste Services.
“Donated items make a huge contribution to the viability of our charity,” he said.
“I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported us by donating items."
Worcestershire Lifestyles supports around 250 disabled adults in a range projects and sells reclaimed furniture and other items from the Malvern Recycling Centre as well as Worcester’s centre in Bilford Road and its shop in Lowesmoor.
Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for the environment Cllr Anthony Blagg said: "We're pleased and proud to support re-use organisations in our communities that play a part in reducing the useable items going to waste.
“Both Worcestershire Lifestyles and Malvern Cycles are great examples and we want to continue to help wherever we can.”
To check if items can be reused and a list of organisations which can accept them visit www.letswaste.com.