Here in Denver, bicycling can easily be a year-round pursuit for both bicycle commuters and recreational riders alike. In a city known for its active lifestyle and its prioritization of …
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Here in Denver, bicycling can easily be a year-round pursuit for both bicycle commuters and recreational riders alike. In a city known for its active lifestyle and its prioritization of environmental practices, cyclists and recyclers are in good company. Even though bicycle components and pieces are not accepted in Denver’s purple recycling carts, Denver does have plenty of options when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling bicycles and cycling equipment. Below are a few reduce, reuse and recycle tips for Denver cyclists.
REDUCE: Cycling, as a form of transportation, minimizes our impact on the environment by reducing consumption of natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Even though cycling is already less resource-intensive than other modes of transit, there are still ways for cyclists to further minimize their environmental impact through reducing waste. Repairing a flat is a great example. Just because a bicycle tube has a small hole, it doesn’t mean it should be trashed. Repairing your flat (when it’s possible) will extend the life of your bicycle tube, reduce waste and save money! Not to mention, flat-repairing is a great skill for any cyclist to have in their repertoire.
REUSE: Re-cycle that bicycle! All puns aside, bicycles do easily lend themselves to reuse. After all, bicycles are simple machines that can easily be repaired. Try a tune-up before buying a new bike, or, try finding a used bike before purchasing a new bike.
RECYCLE: If a bike or bike part is truly beyond repair, there are many options for recycling.
Keep riding, and keep recycling! For additional information about Denver Recycles’ recycling guidelines and other recycling resources, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
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