Return unused walking aids at our Recycling Centres


Please note: This news story has been updated to reflect the postponement of Recycle Week until 17-23 October following the death of Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

Release date: 6 September 2022

People are being asked to return walking aids including crutches, sticks and frames that are no longer needed so that they can be recycled to help others.

West Sussex County Council is supporting this initiative ahead of and during Recycle Week. It will bring the council, NHS England and partners together to promote the return and reuse of walking aids.

The items can be left with staff or deposited in the dedicated bins at any of the 11 Recycling Centres across West Sussex from now until the end of Recycle Week, which runs from 17 to 23 October.

The items will then be collected by our provider NRS, who will be able to 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.

Councillor Amanda Jupp, 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.”

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.

Recycling Centres will be able to accept walking aids until the end of Recycle Week, on 23 October. To return items at all other times, telephone NRS on 0345 1272931 or email

If you are entering a site and bringing other waste with you, please note you may need to pre-book a slot, if required. Enter your postcode on our website to find your nearest Recycling Centre.

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