Below are alternative options managed by volunteers. Please be respectful by scheduling with the individuals listed below before dropping off a bike. We still ask that you consider making a financial donation either with the volunteer, who will issue you a receipt, or you can make a donation anytime online.
If you cannot find a location or time that is convenient you can contact Bikes for the World by email or by calling (703) 740-7856 to inquire about other options. Please do not contact the volunteers listed below with specific requests including pickups; contact Bikes for the World using the link or phone number above.
- Arlington – Keith: 571-212-4139
- Fairfax - I-66 Transfer Station*
4618 West Ox Rd Fairfax
Hours: 7 days a week 7am - 4pm
- Fairfax - I-95 Transfer Station*
9850 Furnace Rd Lorton
Hours: 7 days a week 7am - 4pm
*Both transfer sites are open only to Fairfax County residents. Receipts are not available onsite.
- Calvert County- Broomes Island Rd., approximately 1/2 mile west of Route 4 self-service, 24-hour drop-off. For more information call Ted: 443-532-6200
- Eldersburg – Jim: 443-929-2297
- Frederick - Custom Imprints
407 North Market Street, Frederick MD 301-694-0000 x 201
- Howard County:
Alpha Ridge Landfill
2350 Marriottsville MD 21104
Mon - Sat 8am - 4pm
OUTSIDE THE DC METRO AREA:
Westchester County – Preferred Business (914)332.7600 ext.18
530 SawMill River Rd, Elmsford NY 10523
Bucks County – Newtown Bicycle Shop (215) 968-3200
30 N State St, Newtown, PA 18940
Chicago area- Check Working Bikes locations
Boston area- Check Bikes Not Bombs collection schedule
1. Any serviceable complete (or nearly-complete) bicycle, adult or children’s, accompanied by a suggested minimum $10 per bike donation to defray a share of the costs in getting bikes to quality programs overseas and get information back for donors and the public. Flat tires or a missing seat or pedal matter little. Fat-tired mountain bikes and one-speed "cruisers" are the most-desired models. We also accept tandems, recumbents, adult tricycles, trail-a-bikes, and even unicycles.
We welcome children’s bikes, because (1) they get children to school, (2) servicing a kid’s bike overseas generates mechanic employment just as an adult bike does, and (3) they fit well into the interstices of a shipping container (and increase the value of the shipment)!
2. Usable bicycle SPARE PARTS and components, including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars (but not “drop” handlebars). These items fit well within the shipments of bicycles, adding value without displacing bicycles.
3. Usable bicycle accessories, including helmets, pumps, locks, gloves, chains (for locks), bicycle books and manuals, and hand tools including general tools such as wrenches and screw drivers, as well as specialized bike tools. As with spare parts, these fit easily and add value within our shipments, and are much welcomed.
4. We also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it. Older Singer and similar machines are high-value, in-demand items that fit in small spaces in the shipping containers without displacing bikes. Like bicycles, sewing machines represent a “productive asset” for a low-income working person. Most go to the same vocational programs receiving our bicycles. As with bike donations, an accompanying contribution of $10 is strongly suggested.
We DO NOT generally accept: children’s tricycles, “Razor” or other children’s scooters, bicycle frames lacking any or most components, or “rust-bucket” bikes whose painted frames are beginning to rust through or whose chains are frozen solid with rust.
Please, NO TABLE SEWING MACHINES – they require too much labor and space to transport, store, and pack. And no off-brand plastic sewing machines--they break quickly and are hard to repair.
We NO LONGER COLLECT cell phones, nor do we accept sports equipment.