With Earth Day coming next week, Westport has a plan to do its part to help our planet -- with bike recycling.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and it's all hands on deck to do what we can.

Why not recycle some bikes?

The Westport Board of Health has given the green light to allow Westporters to donate or pick up bikes April 23 and 24 at the transfer station, 72 Hixbridge Road. Normally, you would need a permit, but next weekend you can just drop off or take any bikes you like.

We all have a bike in the garage that we haven't ridden in years. Now would be a good time to make sure it gets put to good use and not just thrown in the junkyard.

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This donation event is being held by the Westport Bike and Walking Path Committee, which recently posted all the details on its Facebook page, including the helpful note that it will accept bikes in any condition.

You are doing spring cleaning anyway. You are bound to come across a bike that has been collecting dust for years. Why not pass it on to someone who will use it? They have made it super-easy for you to donate, too.

Donations will be accepted on the lower level of the transfer station, right behind glass recycling. Hand over your unwanted bike and you can trust it'll be put to good use. Maybe you'll find another one to bring home.

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