Our mission is to change lives through bicycle re-use

There are 1000’s of bikes lying unused in sheds and garages around the UK that might otherwise end up in landfill – which is untenable and avoidable.

We want everyone in Africa to have access to good quality, affordable and sustainable bike transport, giving individuals greater independence and a better quality of life. Our bikes do exactly that.

Why Bikes?

Most Africans lack access to any form of transport and spend hours every day walking to collect clean water, firewood or to reach school or work. Not only does this take a toll on their health and time spent working, it often means children miss school altogether.

What We Do

Re-Cycle works in partnership with four organisations across four different African countries, each one doing something inspiring and empowering with the bicycles we send them. All own and run bike social enterprises – this ensures that the bikes we provide can be repaired, distributed and maintained for a long time to come.

Where We Work

At Re-Cycle we donate the contents of each shipping container to our partners in Africa.

All Re-Cycle’s partners are non-profit NGOs and any surplus funds generated from the sale of bicycles go towards community-based projects.

Our Impact

Re-Cycle has been sending bikes to Africa for 25 years. We have sent over 130,000 bikes and hundreds of thousands of spare parts.

During this time, the bikes and spare parts that we have sent have helped thousands of people in rural communities across Africa.

In Africa, a bicycle can change a life.

Our 5 Year Strategy

Our strategy document sets out Re-Cycle’s high-level objectives and planning.

This plan covers Re-Cycle’s work in the UK, and the collaborative work with its partners in Africa, over the next five years. Providing an opportunity to work together to achieve Re-Cycle’s Vision and Mission, underpinned by its Values.