When bicycles arrive at Redwood Landfill, we work hard to ensure it's not their final resting place. We are successful more times than not thanks to a relationship we have with Mike's Bikes, a San Rafael-based bicycle shop. If we receive a bicycle that can be saved, we donate it to Mike's Bikes for shipment to Africa where a local entrepreneur sells the bikes and turns the shipping container they arrived in into a bicycle repair shop.
Dozens of bicycles are now being re-used in Africa rather than recycled for scrap metal by Redwood Landfill. It is the higher and best use for the bikes and the beginning of a new business enterprise in a number of African communities.