Community equipment collection at recycling centres

Derbyshire County Council has launched a new recycling scheme – calling on residents to take unwanted mobility equipment to their local household waste recycling centre so that it can be reused by people who need it.

The scheme is running at recycling centres in:

  • Loscoe
  • Stonegravels
  • Ashbourne
  • Northwood (Darley Dale)
  • Bolsover

So far 450 items have been recovered from the recycling centres and of these 350 (78%) were returned to warehouse shelves for re-use with just the remaining 100 going for recycling.

There are plans to roll out the scheme to the council’s other sites at Bretby, Ilkeston and Waterswallows (Buxton) later this year.

Larger pieces of equipment, including electrical kit, will continue to be collected by Medequip from people’s homes.

Steve Smith, Regional General Manager at Medequip said:

“Supplying community equipment to ensure Derbyshire residents can live independently is extremely important, from a wellbeing perspective and for everyday safety. Vital equipment also supports our NHS with hospital discharges, so people can return to their home environment with equipment in place to help with daily living. Working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres allows residents to have the option to return equipment that is no longer needed at their convenience, and this enables us to support others who require that equipment. All items returned will be thoroughly cleaned, assessed, safety tested and either repaired and reused or stripped down for recycling.”

All the County Council’s recycling centres are open daily from 8.30am to 6pm.