FCC Environment and Wigan Council are championing a new initiative to collect, for re-use, unwanted medical equipment.
The trial scheme in Wigan has seen nearly 380 items of medical equipment returned in just three months, weighing in at a hefty 759kg.
It is estimated that the NHS could be losing millions due to patients not returning medical equipment such as crutches, as £3m is spent on walking aids alone.
As a result, FFC Environment has implemented collection points at each of its three recycling centres; Kirkless, Slag Lane and Chanters Household Waste Recycling Centres.
The company’s welcomes any unwanted yet serviceable walking frames, Zimmer frames, walking sticks, crutches and wheelchairs.
Paul Barton, director for environment at Wigan Council, said: “Many people are discharged from a 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 could 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 into us as part of The Deal and help us to recycle more, recycle right.”