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Bike salvage area gets rolling at dump
Solid waste facility reserves dump space for discarded bikes

by Daron Letts
Northern News Services
Published Friday, August 1, 2014

Bicycles are being given a second chance at the Yellowknife Solid Waste Facility thanks to a new salvage area dedicated to discarded bikes and re-useable bike parts.

City residents are encouraged to drop off their broken or unwanted bicycles at the site, which was established on Monday. Other residents are welcome to reclaim the bikes or bike parts as needed, thus removing material from the waste stream. The material can also be taken for use as scrap metal.

"It's a wonderful thing. So many people come in looking for bike parts and pieces. I think it will make a big difference," said Peggy Moth, gatehouse attendant. "It's important."

Moth helped develop the idea six months ago during a brainstorm with Matthew Grogono, founder of Old Town Bikeworks bicycle repair and rental shop.

"Matthew brought the idea forward and we said, 'Hey, that's something we can do,' and it made sense and we did it," said Peter Houweling, facility superintendent. "Waste diversion is our number-one goal. It benefits the environment and lessens the impact and extends the life of the landfill."

Residents dropped off about six bikes early this week, directed to the new bike salvage area by Moth. Grogono and apprentice bike mechanic Liam Wong dropped off three truckloads of bikes on Wednesday.

The facility's long-term plan calls for more separated salvage areas dedicated to steel furniture, construction materials, and other re-useable items. The systems will be in place within the next two years, said Houweling.

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