Recycling bikes has to be one of the greenest concepts ever

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A brand-new recycled bicycle
A brand-new recycled bicycle Credit: Roetz

A DUTCH company formed in 2011 has come up with a recycling idea which is really what it says as the owners realised that in Holland tens of thousands of bicycles are thrown away every year and the majority of them have very usable parts.

The Amsterdam-based Roetz Fair Factory not only uses up to 30 per cent of all of the discarded bikes it collects but also has a policy of employing those who have fallen on difficult times and need to get back into the job market.

In the case of the OV-fiets bike rental fleet, Roetz say that they can reclaim up to 70 per cent of the bicycles passed to it and they even offer to customise bikes to satisfy individual customer requirements or needs.

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Customised for Helen's Free Food Market
Customised for Helen’s Free Food Market
Credit: Roetz

In almost every case, the frame of discarded bicycles is in perfectly good condition, requiring mainly repainting and whilst Holland is admittedly a huge market for commuter bicycles, when one considers the number of racing bikers there are in Spain, this appears to be a market that could be exploited and would be good for the environment.

Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Recycling bikes has to be one of the greenest concepts ever”.


Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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