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Scrapped Ofo bikes crushed in Sichuan

By Huang Zhiling | | Updated: 2019-05-09 20:20
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Trucks deliver impounded bikes to a storage facility in Shanghai after authorities had them removed from the city's streets. [Gao Erqiang / China Daily]

Discarded share bikes were disposed of as scrap iron in accordance with government regulations, an official with bike-share company Ofo said as reported by West China Metropolis Daily in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.

Netizens recently revealed thousands of discarded share bicycles in mangled piles were at rest in a deserted factory in the city, waiting to sell at a price of 15 yuan ($2.1) per vehicle.

Workers from waste disposal company said the bikes will sell as scrap iron, but they didn't know the price and have transported the vehicles over several days.

Most of the scrapped bicycles are from Ofo, and are commonly known as small yellow bicycles. Some 3,000 Ofo bicycles are being removed because the local urban management department plans to clean up the factory, a worker with the waste disposal company said.

An official with Ofo told West China Metropolis Daily it is a regular move for the company to dispose of damaged or broken bicycles. The crushed bicycles account for only a small number of Ofo bicycles in the streets of Chengdu, he said.

As scrapped bicycles are ubiquitous in the street and an eyesore, residents near the factory are pleased with the disposal.

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