Hospital crutches amnesty part of waste reduction campaign

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Derry City and Strabane District Council is collecting unused hospital equipment, such as crutches and walking aids, as part of its continuing waste reduction campaign.

The Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock, has urged the public to back the European Week of Waste Reduction, which runs from November 19 to November 27, by recycling some of the equipment that is lying unused in many of our homes.

Council will also be collecting old hand tools and sewing machines at its 4RS Reuse Workshop in Pennyburn Industrial Estate.

“This is an important initiative that encourages everyone to make a conscious effort to improve their waste management,” said Alderman McClintock.

“Recycling is particularly important because it reduces the pollution caused by waste and the need for new raw materials to be sourced so there is an onus on all of us to play our part.

“The items that Council are collecting are lying unused in many of our homes and this is the perfect opportunity to put them back into use,” she added.

The hospital equipment collected will be returned to the Western Health and Social Services Trust while the hand tools will be sent to the ‘Tools for Solidarity’ charity which helps groups in Africa.

Further information on the scheme is available from Joe Brolly at the 4RS Pennyburn on 028 71 360453.