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Meridian's Recycle a Bicycle program brings new life to old bikes


(Courtesy of City of Meridian)
(Courtesy of City of Meridian)
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City of Meridian is encouraging residents to apply for a free refurbished bike through Meridian’s Recycle a Bicycle Program, according to a recent news release. This program connects refurbished bicycles with those who need one, like students and veterans.

This year-round program is a collaborative project by the City of Meridian’s Solid Waste Advisory Commission (SWAC) and Republic Services. Republic Services reports hundreds of bicycles are dropped off at the Meridian Transfer Station each year. The goal of the program is to divert these bicycles from the landfill.

"In addition to the year-round advantages of riding a bicycle, it's also an eco-friendly way of reusing a valuable item instead of throwing it into the landfill," says Mark Nelson, Solid Waste Advisory Commissioner. "We have a total of 25 bicycles available this year, which we would like to donate to individuals that don't already own one. Although most of the bicycles are suitable for younger children, we encourage youths of all ages and adults in need of a bicycle to apply."

The program is free, and applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Applicants will be fitted with an appropriate bike based on availability and corresponding applicant’s needs.

Parents of minors will have to complete the registration form and accompany their child to pick up their bike. To apply, click HERE.

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Those able to be matched with an appropriate bike will be notified and may pick up their bike at the Meridian Transfer Station May 9–11 during designated, scheduled times.

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