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Colne, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 2010/10/14 - Lancashire based stairlift company, Multicare Stairlifts, is pioneering an innovative eco-friendly idea. The idea means thousands of stair lifts will be recycled after they have been used.
Lancashire based stairlift company, Multicare, is pioneering an innovative new idea which will save councils hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The idea means thousands of stair lifts will be recycled after they have been used. Stairlifts are generally wasted when they are no longer needed in the home - because they have been approved for a specific disabled person.
But Multicare, which is working with several local councils on the project, is now converting used stairlifts and vertical lifts so they can be re-used by other customers - and therefore they will not be wasted.
The company, which is based in North Valley Road, Colne, modifies the stair lifts in its in-house refurbishment facility - and immediately ready to be shipped to the next customer.
Martin Baldwin, Managing Director of Multicare, said: “We are one of the only companies in the country to recycle in this way. It’s definitely a good idea. It’s cost effective, it’s good for the environment and it will save the government money.”
Not only will this help reduce Britain’s carbon footprint, Mr Baldwin says, but it might help the current government reduce the deficit - with less funding needed for local councils.
In the long-term, it may even help to reduce council tax. Recycling used stairlifts and vertical lifts can take half the time of manufacturing new ones - which saves time as well as energy.
Mr Baldwin said: “This innovative idea is good for the country as a whole and we are proud to be one of the first to implement it.”
Multicare is an accredited NHS provider which provides equipment for people who have recently been discharged from hospital or who find it difficult to get around their home. The company provides a huge range of stairlifts and mobility products - including the Minivator and Rise Recliners.
Working in partnership with Occupational Therapists, Social Services and other prescribers, Multicare chooses from a large selection of mobility equipment - from commodes and perching stools to shoe horns and grab rails.