Cycling and recycling

The MARC Solid Waste Management District  administers an annual grant program that awards funds to local communities and organizations for waste reduction and recycling-related projects. From time to time, we publish updates about recent grant recipients.

Photo of bicycles collected by Revolve at a local recycling extravaganza.Since 2009, Revolve has contributed to the regional effort to make the Kansas City area a more bicycle-friendly community with its Earn-A-Bike and other programs.The shop has also contributed to local waste diversion efforts by partnering with local communities to collect old, unwanted or broken bicycles during municipal recycling events. When possible, bicycles are refurbished and given back to the community. Bicycles that can’t be refurbished are stripped for usable parts and the metal is recycled.

The district was pleased to provide grant funding to the Revolve bike recycling project in 2012 and 2013. Grant funds helped support a program administrator and a part-time bike mechanic. In 2012, 11 bike collection events diverted 828 bikes from landfill disposal, and in 2013 the organization diverted more than 700 bikes. That’s 17.6 tons of diverted bikes! Revolve has partnered with Lee’s Summit, Lake Lotawana, Gladstone, Parkville, Raytown and other communities for these collection events.

Revolve always needs more bicycles. Visit the organization’s website or Facebook page for more information about donating a bike or money, purchasing a used bike, the Earn-A-Bike program, and Revolve’s bicycle safety training programs.

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