Muntons, the malt and malted ingredient manufacturer in Stowmarket, has a large 45-acre site and, for many years, company bicycles were used to speed the movement of staff as they performed their various duties. This year the bicycles are being retired, mainly to reduce the risk of injury as vehicle movements on site are increasing as the company grows.
Reducing waste is something Muntons feel passionate about and rather than simply scrap the ten site bicycles, which while well used were also well maintained, they decided to donate them to a worthy cause.
They have therefore been officially handed over to Re-cycle, who ship good bicycles to their African partners who run bicycle projects such as refurbishing, distributing and maintaining bikes.
Millions of people in Africa are forced to walk on average four hours every day to get to school or work or carry heavy loads such as water, crops and firewood. The re-cycle bicycles provide swift transport, cutting these journey times down to as little as 20 minutes.
Ryland Cairns, Muntons Environmental Manager said: “For some years now we have been implementing a programme to reduce waste to landfill, so finding a use for our surplus bikes, which not only avoided waste but provided real benefits for a genuinely meaningful cause, was a perfect solution which fitted well within our sustainability ethos.”
Paul Mead is seen here handing the Muntons site bicycles over to RE-CYCLE for shipment to Africa.