SARATOGA SPRINGS — A bike recycling program is being offered at the Saratoga Springs transfer station in partnership with advocacy group Bikeatoga.
The designation of a bike recycling location at the facility allows Bikeatoga to rehab damaged or old bikes and repair them to ride as new. This prevents the bikes from being simply discarded into the metal recycling container.
“Partnering with Bikeatoga to provide this option to the public demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and supporting our community bike enthusiasts,” said DPW Commissioner Golub, announcing the program on Sept. 30. “These bikes will avoid the metal scrap bin and instead be enjoyed for many more years.”
Volunteer mechanics will pick up bikes at the transfer station and bring them to the Bikeatoga workshop in the basement of St. Peter’s Church for repair. Although Bikeatoga’s “earn-a-bike” program has been temporarily suspended during the pandemic, Saratogians can still adopt clean and refurbished bikes from the workshop free of charge. Twice a year, Bikeatoga sponsors Kids’ Bike Giveaways, where families can adopt a children’s bike and get a free helmet.