Social enterprise Angus Cycle Hub has recently been awarded a five figure sum to help with a bike recycling project it has been running in conjunction with Angus Council and local volunteers.
The £65,000, funding which has been secured through Scottish Landfill Communities Fund was awarded by Angus Environmental Trust who administer the fund in Angus. The funding has helped secure two full time local jobs for the next year, acquisition of an electric van for the project and tooling costs to help increase the number of bikes it can recycle in the region and help further reduce carbon emissions in Angus.
In 2016 the project helped recycle 5300kg worth of bikes back into the Angus Community and its cycling and recycling initiatives helped save over 17,000kg of Co2e while encouraging local people to try cycling as a mean to better health and wellbeing.
Project director Scott Francis said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this investment from Angus Environmental Trust. The Angus region dumps between 300 and 1000 bikes per quarter at recycling centres and until recently these went to landfill or were scrapped and were being recycled outside of the region and not benefitting local people or economy.”
As a result of its cycling initiatives within the local community the project has also recently been awarded a prestigious Silver, Cycle Friendly Communities Award from Cycling Scotland, a first for the Angus region.