Westport man turns trash into treasure for needy

After taking a walk through a Westport garbage dump one day, a local resident was inspired to recycle unwanted bicycles by giving them to the

BRIDGEPORT - After taking a walk through a Westport garbage dump one day, a local resident was inspired to recycle unwanted bicycles by giving them to the poor.

Since August, Brooks Sumberg, founder of Connecticut Bike Project, has given out more than 100 bicycles at the East Side Urban Center in Bridgeport to people in need of means of transportation.

?For the most part, we are getting very good quality bikes from those [who] graduated, gone onto to college, people that are moving out of the area and don't know what to do with them, so we have become a catch basin to take some of those and recycle them,? Sumberg says.

All the bicycles are cleaned and maintained at St. Charles Church in Bridgeport before being distributed to adults and children.

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