Wigan Council is calling on local residents to bring their unused mobility equipment to its three recycling centres it has set up as part of an initiative to get unwanted aids back into the local authority’s store.
The council’s recycling centres offer local residents a chance to offload equipment such as walking aids and wheelchairs, which are in short supply in the NHS.
Recycling firm FCC Environment will work alongside the council to operate the centres and recondition the equipment before the local authority’s mobility store will stock them with a view to selling them on.
The initiative is part of a wider move by NHS trusts and councils across the country to save money by recycling mobility aids instead of buying them new.
It is estimated that millions of pounds are being wasted because people are not returning wheelchairs and walking frames back to health services when they no longer need them.
Paul Barton, director for environment at the council, told the Leigh Journal: “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 use.”