How to recycle crutches

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How to recycle crutches
Keep your crutches out of the landfill and put them in good hands by recycling. (Crutches image by Megan van Dyck from Fotolia.com)

There are multiple ways to recycle crutches and other medical mobility devices. The easiest, perhaps, is to take them to your local recycling centre. There are also national organisations specialising in the donation of medical devices to humanitarian outreach programs in the U.S. and abroad. It is also possible to sell or give away crutches by using an online classifieds to find individuals who may need them.

Recycling crutches contributes to both humanitarian and sustainability efforts; you'll keep the crutches out of the landfill and also help someone in need.

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Things you need

  • Crutches
  • Shipping materials (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Contact your nearest recycling centre. Ask if the centre accepts crutches, what the drop-off times are and where medical devices should be donated. Then drop them off at the specified location.

  2. 2

    If no local recycling centre is available, contact one of the national organisations listed in the directory available via the "Resources" section below. The organisation will be able to give you instructions for shipping the crutches to the appropriate location.

  3. 3

    List your crutches in an online or print classified section. You can offer them for free or sell them for the going rate. Make sure to accurately describe the condition and the heights marked on the sides of the crutches.

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