Mounds of ofo bikes have been dumped for scrap metal at a Cambridgeshire yard.
New pictures show the instantly-recognisable bright yellow bikes piled high in a skip and on a mountain of other trashed items at a scrap metal yard in Cambridgeshire.
The bikes were reportedly moved to the scrap yard because they are 'not fit for purpose'.
The bike-sharing scheme, which has been operating in Cambridge for a year says the bikes are to be recycled rather than scrapped as trash.
Matt Thomas-Keeping, Ofo's operations manger for Cambridge said: “We have a nationwide scheme in place to recycle frames when they reach the end of their useful life.
"The depot in the photographs brings in broken bikes from all cities, damaged over the course of a whole year.
"We have a fleet of over 6,000 bikes currently in operation across five cities, so these damaged bikes represent only a tiny fraction.
“We're committed to providing our riders with the highest-quality bikes, designed for three years use on UK streets – and we were proud to be the first station-free platform operating in the UK to be awarded accreditation by Bikeplus, which sets the benchmark for bike sharing services.”
The bike are recycled for many reasons including, irreperable damage to the frame and bikes that are generally beyond repair.
Earlier this month Ofo admitted 'teething problems' when they started operating in the city but have since been branded a success and there is now potential for more dockless bike schemes to come to the city.