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Recycled used walking aids for Recycle Week 2022

This year for Recycle Week we are asking people to return walking aids including crutches, sticks and frames that are no longer needed to be recycled.

Recycled used walking aids for Recycle Week 2022

Recycle Week brings together partners across the region to promote the benefits of returning and reusing walking aids, to prevent unnecessary waste.

The items will be collected by our provider NRS, who will clean and check them before reissuing them to those who might benefit so that they can maintain their independence. Any items which cannot be used again will be recycled, preventing them from going into landfill.

Reusing a refurbished walking aid, including parts replacement, results in 87% lower carbon emissions on average than providing a brand new walking aid. This includes a generous allowance for a return journey from collection to a refurbishment site.

Where to recycle used walking aids

The items can be left with staff or deposited in the dedicated bins at any of the below sites across Sussex from now until the end of Recycle Week, which runs from 17 to 23 October.

To return items after Recycling Week has ended, telephone NRS on 0345 1272931 or email reception@nrs-uk.net.

NHS Sites

Sussex Community:

  • Horsham Hospital, Hurst Rd, Horsham RH12 2DRf (9:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday)
  • Arundel & District Community Hospital, Chichester Rd, Arundel BN18 0AB (9:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday)

University Hospitals Sussex:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Barry Building Reception, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 5BE (8:30 – 17:00)
  • Hove Polyclinic, Nevill Ave, Hove, BN3 7HY (8:30 – 17:00)

Dr Rachel Cottam, Brighton GP and Clinical Director for Sustainability at NHS Sussex, said:

“Many unwanted walking aids are sitting in cupboards and garages when they could be put to good use by another patient, after being thoroughly cleaned and checked. So often, crutches are seen as ‘single use’ items – to be used once and thrown away – but this is costly both in terms of money and carbon emissions.

“The savings that can be generated by reuse of walking aids are great. Last year, one hospital Trust saw over 2000 pieces of equipment reused, saving over £25,000. These savings can of course be reinvested in front-line care.”

Council sites

If you are entering a site and bringing other waste with you, please note you may need to pre-book a slot, if required. To check what can be recycled at different sites enter your postcode on the Recycle Now website or on your local council website.

West Sussex

Some West Sussex County Council Recycling Centres operate an advance booking system. If are just bringing a walking aid there is no need to pre-book, but if you are bringing other waste you may need to pre-book using the following link.

Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00

  • Billingshurst, Newbridge Road, Billingshurst, RH14 9HY (Closed Thursday & Friday)
  • Bognor Regis, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, PO22 9SX (Closed Thursday & Friday)
  • Burgess Hill, Fairbridge Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 (Closed Thursday)
  • Chichester, Coach Road, Westhampnett, PO18 0NS (Closed Tuesday)
  • Crawley, Metcalf Way, Crawley, RH11 7XN (Closed Thursday)
  • East Grinstead, High Grove, Imberhorne Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 1TZ BU (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Horsham, Hop Oast, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH13 0AR (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Littlehampton, Mill Lane, Littlehampton, BN17 7PH (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Midhurst, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9QX (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Shoreham, Brighton Road, Shoreham, BN43 6RJ (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
  • Worthing, Hambridge Trading Estate, Willowbrook Road, Worthing, BN14 8NA – Appointment required (Closed Thursday)

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said:

“Having access to a walking aid such as a frame or stick can make a huge difference to some people. It can help them get around on their own and maintain their independence, which we know is very important to people based on what they tell us.

“That’s why I’d encourage anyone with walking aids that are no longer needed to return them please.

“Not only will this reduce the cost and the carbon emissions associated with producing new pieces of equipment, but it will also make a huge difference to someone else who might benefit from using them.”

East Sussex:

In East Sussex, Millbrook Healthcare will be hosting collection points at both of their East Sussex sites:

  • East Sussex Community Equipment Service, Unit 14a Diplocks Way, Hailsham BN27 3JU (open 9.30-16.30 Monday to Friday for drop offs)
  • East Sussex Wheelchair Service, Units 8 & 9, Alder Close, Eastbourne BN23 6QF (open 9.30-14.30 Monday to Friday for drop offs)

Brighton & Hove

  • Brighton Town Hall, Reception, Bartholomew Rd, Brighton BN1 1JW (9:00 – 17:00, closed on Saturday & Sunday)
  • Brighton Recycling Centre, 185 Wilson Ave, Brighton, BN2 5PD (8:00 – 16:30 Monday – Friday, & 9:00 – 17:00 Saturday & Sunday)
  • Hove Town Hall, Reception, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ (9:00 – 16:30 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 9:00 – 13:00 on Tuesday, Saturday & closed on Sunday)
  • Hove Recycling Centre, Old Shoreham Road, Hove, BN3 7AE (8:00 – 16:30 Monday – Friday / 8:30 – 13:30 Saturday & 10:30 – 13:30 Sunday)

Your support for the return of walking aids for Recycling Week and beyond will ensure we can reduce our impact on the environment and save money which can be reinvested in our health services.