A meaningful new life being given to medical equipment

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It is estimated that the NHS and Local Authorities could be losing millions because medical equipment like crutches, commodes and toilet frames are not returned after use.  Wigan Council and FCC Environment, which operates the Borough’s three recycling centres at Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) are championing a new initiative to collect, , unwanted medical equipment for re-use.

FCC Environment has set aside a collection point at each of the three recycling centres for the collection of unwanted yet serviceable Toilet frames,walking frames, Zimmer frames, walking sticks, crutches wheelchairs etc and residents are being encouraged to bring these items in so they can be returned to the  NHS and Local authority’s equipment store for recycling, for someone else to use.  The Equipment will be checked and cleaned and then where possible reissued back into the community.

“We have been running a pilot scheme in the last few weeks and have seen a range of items, from walking frames to crutches come in “ commented FCC Environment Contract Manager Barry Elder. “The items collected to date are worth some £70 and it’s great to know that they will go on to have a new use saving the NHS and local Authority money and reducing the amount of material going to waste.”

Paul Barton, director for environment at Wigan Council, said: “Many people are discharged from hospital with equipment that is designed to support their recovery or make their lives a little easier but when that equipment is no longer needed, we wanted to do what we can to bring those items back into serviceable use. 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 to always do the right thing.”

Visit your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre:

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF

Please check the wide range of items that can be recycled before attending site, log on to wigan.gov.uk/recycling for more information.

Opening hours, inc Bank Holidays:

Summer – everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)
Winter – everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Cars with or without a single axle trailer are accepted. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit. If using a hire vehicles. Please take hire documents and waste permit with you when visiting the centre. All sites have a 2m height restriction and 5mph speed limit.