Eleven Bicycles Traveled to Lincoln Thanks to Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB)

Bicycles collected from environmentally conscious and generous area individuals made their way to Lincoln, NE, on Sunday, October 15, 2017. A total of 11 bicycles were loaded into the back of a pickup, secured down, and endured the bumpy three hour ride to the home of Gary Hughes of Lincoln. Upon arrival the bicycles were unloaded, evaluated, and Gary’s hands began performing their magic.

Monday afternoon nine of the bikes were ready for new owners and were taken to First Presbyterian Church. Within 30 minutes three bikes found new owners. Some of the bikes were rode to their new homes while others were placed lovingly into a vehicle for transport. The new recipients were very thankful for such a wonderful gift.

The Bicycle Recycle and Safety Program, which the bicycles are being collected for, is entering into its second month of existence and has already prevented over 40 bicycles from entering area landfills and rather entering the hearts and homes of new owners after some simple tender, love and care. Anyone interested in donating a bicycle for recycle/reuse/refurbishment purposes is invited to drop them off 24/7 at the Loup Basin RC&D Office at 330 South Hwy 11, Burwell, NE 68823. The Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program is a continual program meaning bicycles are welcome at any time!!!

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, Project Coordinator, Amy Hughes, is amazed at how fast the Bicycle Recycle and Safety Program has taken off. Amy says, “Those who have donated to the cause should be extremely proud of themselves for multiple reasons. One because they are keeping unwanted bicycles out of the landfills and two because they are donating bicycles for refurbishment that will eventually find a new, loving home with someone who is less fortunate.” KLBB is very lucky to be located in an area filled full of amazing individuals who are willing to think outside the box and are community and environmentally friendly!!

The Bicycle Recycle and safety Program is one of many programs Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be using to celebrate America Recycles Day which will be held November 15, 2017. You too can celebrate America Recycles Day by recycling number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 plastics, aluminum, tin, paper and cardboard locally.

KLBB is able to provide “litter reduction education” through grant funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. KLBB is able to set an example for litter reduction education through offering programs such as the Bicycle Recycle & Safety, Crayon, and Crayola Marker Programs. In addition KLBB is able to support the Clothing Closet with financial resources thanks to these programs. Volunteers like Mr. Hughes of Lincoln are responsible for helping KLBB “make things happen” in our 13 county area. Those who are interested in all the programs we offer are invited to visit the KLBB website, KLBB facebook page (@KeepLoupBasinBeautiful), KLBB twitter (@KeepLBBeautiful), or by phone call. KLBB staff would be happy to be a part of making an event in your community memorable!!!

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at [email protected], visit www.keeploupbasinbeautiful.org, or like them on Facebook. Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska.