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Hillsborough solid waste service workers turn abandoned bike into new initiative

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Posted at 11:36 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 23:36:09-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A bike left for waste is inspiring a new program to get them to kids instead.

When Hillsborough County Solid Waste Service workers noticed a brand new bike with the tag, they knew they had to do something more with it.

“After seeing that first bike my first thought was just what a waste and some young person can enjoy this,” said Kenneth Walker.

“Maybe some kid that doesn’t have a bike for whatever reason or another maybe he can get one and just give a little smile to himself,” said Ronald Milligan.

So they started collecting them, fixing up at least 12. Once they got to 26, they arranged to load up two pick-up trucks and bring them over to children’s services.

“We just want to be able to put a smile on some kids faces that normally don’t have anything to smile about. Whatever the circumstances are that they’re going through, whether it’s family issues or whatever the case may be, at least when they’re at children’s services they got a bike to ride or maybe even get to take it home with them,” said Eduardo Busquets, a facility manager with Hillsborough County Solid Waste Services.

Going forward, they plan to continue their new initiative.

They say you can call one of their facilities and let them know you have a bike for the bike program. They're still willing to work on them if needed, too.

A list of facilities can be found here.