Wigan medical equipment recycling scheme sees positive results

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
ust 10 pairs of crutches are returned for every 50 issues at some NHS trusts
This is great news, when running a waste site recently we received 40yd roro’s full of disability ...

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A three-month trial medical equipment collection scheme in Wigan has seen nearly 380 items returned for re-use or recycling.

Nearly 760kgs of unwanted medical equipment including walking frames, crutches and wheelchair has been collected by FCC Environment at three recycling centres at Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters.

Serviceable items are then sent for reuse, reducing the amount of material going to waste and saving the NHS money.

Just 10 pairs of crutches are returned for every 50 issues at some NHS trusts, with the NHS spending an estimated £3m on crutches every year.

Paul Barton, director for environment at Wigan Council, said: “Providing a collection point at our three recycling centres makes it easier for residents to bring their items in so that they can be put back into service for the good of the community.

"We would encourage residents with these items to bring them in to us as part of The Deal and help us to recycle more, recycle right.”


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This is great news, when running a waste site recently we received 40yd roro’s full of disability equipment for destruction/disposal each week. It was criminal, the cost must have been horrendous to the NHS. Most of it seemed almost brand new and was a complete waste of resources and a massive financial outlay for the NHS. At last we are starting to have joined up thinking and applying “common sense” your scheme should be applauded- well done.

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