Equipment supplier Murray’s Medical is set to take control of a charity’s mobility aids recycling service.
Disabled children’s charity Newlife set up its recycling scheme, Newlifeable, in 2014 after finding large amounts of working disability equipment were being sent to landfill or left to “gather dust” in healthcare stores across the UK.
With families struggling to get hold of specialist equipment through their local health or social care services, and with a price tag of hundreds, often thousands of pounds, many had no alternative but to buy second-hand from online auction sites, according to the charity.
Newlife’s CEO, Sheila Brown, said: “Authorities sending fully functional disability equipment to landfill is not only extremely bad for the planet, but devastating for the families denied equipment from statutory services and simply unable to afford to buy brand new direct from suppliers.
“The danger of buying second-hand equipment through an auction site, or car boot sale, is there’s no guarantee that it works, as well as the obvious concern about cleanliness and, most importantly, is it suited to the child’s needs.”
Murrays has been working with Newlife to manage the equipment recycling service over the last three years; clinically cleaning and refurbishing the items to meet MHRA standards, with Newlife selling to families in need at a reduced, affordable cost.
Newlife’s CEO, Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “In the three years we’ve been running this unique service, we’ve rescued and refurbished many thousands of pieces of specialist equipment from being sent to landfill, proving there’s a clear demand from families, not to mention the far reaching environmental benefits.
“Families in desperate need of equipment, often unable to get it through statutory means, have been able to purchase equipment at an affordable price with peace of mind that it’s fully functioning, clinically clean, safe to use and fit for purpose.
“Having proved the service works, we’re delighted to announce that Murrays will take over the full service supplementing its current offerings.
“Equipment will be collected and Murray’s team will then refurbish the pieces that can be resold, or break down those that cannot for parts so the raw materials, such as metal or wood, can be recycled.