Friday, May 29th, 2015

Wondering what to do with used bicycles that are taking up space in your garage or basement? The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority would like to take them off your hands and put them to good use.

Morris County MUA and

The MCMUA, in conjunction with the non-profit organization Pedals for Progress, will collect used bicycles in reasonable good condition, plus used sewing machines in working order on Saturday, June 13. The collection event will run from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the County College of Morris, Parking Lot #1, at 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph.

Pedals for Progress collects thousands of bicycles and sewing machines annually and sends them to needy people in developing countries. Over the past 25 years, Pedals for Progress has collected more than 144,000 bikes, while also collecting more than 3,000 sewing machines in recent years.

The bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults, providing them with reliable transportation for commuting to work and school, transporting produce to markets, accessing health care and other essential services.

A $10 fee per bicycle will be required on June 13 to help defray the more than $30 in costs for shipping, reconditioning and distributing each bike. Bikes with bent or very rusty frames, disassembled bikes, bike parts and tricycles will not be accepted.

Bike helmets will be collected free of charge as will small hand tools such as wrenches for the overseas shops.

Working sewing machines, both electric and non-electric, also will be collected. There is a $10 fee for the sewing machines to help defray the cost of shipping them to qualified nonprofit partners to set up small cooperative clothing businesses around the world.

All cash and material donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be available at the collection site.

For more information or directions, please call the MCMUA at (973) 285-8393, or visit: http://mcmua.com/sw_recy_bicyclerecycling.asp

Additional information about Pedals for Progress and its various overseas projects is available on its website, www.p4p.org.