Bicycle Recycling Services

Whether your chain is rusted or your frame is bent, there are times when you have to say goodbye to your old bicycle. But how exactly do you get rid of a bike?

Bicycles are made of metal, rubber, and cables that can easily be fixed if broken, or repurposed. Instead of leaving old bikes, trikes, and personal transportation devices in a landfill, try fixing up or recycling yours. Doing so can give these materials a new purpose and keep them from taking up precious space in local landfills.

Let us help you with your old bicycle disposal or donation

For bike removal that you can feel good about, book a free estimate with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today. We’ll come to your house, load your old bicycle into our clean and shiny truck, and make sure the bike disposal process is handled properly.

Here's how our service works: 

1. Simply schedule your free onsite estimate online or by calling 1-800-468-5865.

2. Our friendly, uniformed truck team will call you 15-30 minutes before your scheduled 2-hour appointment window.

3. When we arrive, just point to the old or broken bicycle you want to be removed and we’ll provide you with an up-front, all-inclusive price.

4. Once you say the word, we’ll haul your old bicycle away from wherever it’s located and finish by tidying up the area. Plus, we will recycle and donate whatever we can, whenever possible.

How do I get rid of old bikes?

There are several ways to get rid of old bicycles. If your bike is in good condition or can easily be repaired, you might consider donating your old bike to a charity, thrift store, or acquaintance in need of a bike. You may even be able to donate your broken bike for parts.

If your bike can’t be fully repaired, you can recycle your bicycle at a local specialty recycling facility. Contact your local recyclers to find out if they can accept bikes for recycling.

Can old or broken bicycles be recycled?

Yes, you can recycle bicycles! Before taking it to a recycling facility, consider the condition your bike is in. If it’s still in working order or could easily be fixed up, donating it is the best option. Even if it can’t be fully repaired, it could potentially be used for parts to help fix up other bikes. It’s always best to see if your bike can be fixed or used in other ways before deciding to send it for recycling.

If your bike is at the end of its life cycle, nearly every piece can be recycled. Bikes frames, chains, and brake pads are made of metal and rubber that can be disassembled, broken down, and made into brand new products. Old bicycle parts can even be reused and built to make new bicycles!

Make sure to check with your local recycling facility to see if they recycle bikes, as not all facilities are equipped to handle them.

Can you recycle bike tires?

Many rubber products, such as bike tires and inner tubes, cannot be included in your regular curbside recycling. However, old tires can be recycled by specialty recyclers or reused in other interesting and fun ways, such as in arts and crafts projects.

If you want to recycle your old tires, contact your recycling service to find out if they accept used or broken tires or inner tubes. If they don’t, reach out to specialized recycling facilities to find out if they accept tires. You may also contact local bike retailers to learn about any tire trade-in or donation programs.

Where can I take or donate old bikes?

Don’t let your old bike gather dust in your backyard - donate it! There are plenty of local organizations that will accept bike donations, including thrift stores, children’s charities, bike shops, and nonprofit organizations like Salvation Army and Goodwill.

We help with all types of bicycles

Uniformed TOM ready to remove & dispose of your old bicycles
  • General Bicycle
  • Kids Bikes
  • Plastic or Metal Frames
  • Bike Wheels & Parts
  • Recumbent or Cruising Bicycles
  • Folding Bikes
  • Adult Tricycles
  • Tandem Bicycles
  • Fixed Gear or Track Bikes
  • Cyclocross Bikes
  • Commuting Bicycles
  • BMX or Trick Bikes
  • Triathlon or Time Trial Bikes
  • Road Bikes
  • Hybrid/Comfort Bicycles
  • Mountain Bikes
Uniformed TOM ready to remove & dispose of your old bicycles

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you scrap bicycles?

Bicycle frames are made from a variety of metals and materials, such as aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber, that can be sold at a scrap yard. Once accepted, the bikes are broken down and the materials are separated by type in order to be sold and further processed.

Although some scrap yards accept working and non-working bikes, selling them does not bring in a lot of cash. Scrap is bought by the pound, and the average price for common metals is typically between $.5-$2. If the average bike weighs under 20 pounds, you may only make $5-$10.

Instead of going through the hassle of haggling with a scrap metal buyer, donate or recycle your old bike instead. Doing so will eliminate the need to haul your bike away, and is equally beneficial to the environment.