Concern as authorities and mobility firms ‘fail to recycle care equipment’

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There are concerns that people are being left with unwanted and unused care equipment at home amid reports that the authorities and firms responsible for recycling them fail to retrieve certain items.

The concerns have been raised after a resident in Bromley, London, claimed that “no one was interested” in collecting thousands of pounds worth of mobility equipment from his home after his wife passed away.

Pensioner John Norley estimates he had £40,000 worth of equipment and has started giving it away, believing more should be done by authorities, according to the News Shopper.

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Mr Norley told the newspaper: “It is ridiculous. How many more people are there like me? I have had equipment now since May and it has been quite a lot of effort to find new homes for it. I know you can’t reuse everything, but if you can sterilize some equipment like my wife’s bed then why not others? I have a velour armchair cushion that alone costs £2,000 new.”

Although Medequip, a company responsible for the maintenance, collection and recycling of equipment in the area, did collect a wheelchair, bed and hoist from Mr Norley, he has reportedly been left with harnesses, slings, multiple living aids and specialised bathroom equipment among other things.

When pressed by the News Shopper, Medequip said that there is some equipment that they do not collect but that Bromley Health Care will be contacting Mr Norley regarding the matter.

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