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Recycle your zimmers, bath aids and walking sticks to help others – new service launches on 8 August

Have you got independent living equipment, such as zimmer frames, walking sticks or bath aids you no longer need?   Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership is calling on you to help others by taking them along to one of Fife Council’s participating Recycling Centres so it can be re-used or re-cycled.


The move comes following a successful pilot in Glenrothes last year, which saw an 8% increase in the overall volume of equipment being returned and returned more quickly – that’s around 6,000 pieces of equipment.


From the 8 August 2016 the service will be available in the following Fife Council Recycling Centres:

•           Glenrothes

•           Kirkcaldy

•           St Andrews

•           Pittenweem

•           Lochgelly

•           Dunfermline

•           Dalgety Bay

•           Methil


Cllr Andrew Rodger, Chair of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership underlines the financial and health impact that returning equipment can have for those who need support: 


“Staying safe and independent for as long as possible as we get older is the wish of many.  Equipment such as bath lifts, height adjustable seating, zimmer frames, shower chairs and kitchen trolleys can make a real difference to people’s lives. 

Each year we deliver over 78,000 pieces of equipment to people’s homes but over the years there has been a build of equipment that has never been returned.  At the moment we know there is over 160,000 pieces of assistive equipment sitting in homes across Fife.


We want to encourage as many people as possible to take items, which are no longer needed, to their nearest participating recycling centre or make an appointment for collection so it can be re-used, re-cycled or turned into cash for re-investment.”


To make an appointment for collection:

•           call 01592 583252

•           e-mail


Further information can be found on Fife Direct by searching Recycling Centre.