Britain has launched a new kind of recycling center, specializing in false limbs. It is run by Limbcare, a charity that offers advice, peer support, and hope to the limb-impaired and those affected around them, according to their website.
Limbcare is especially invested in making sure that the limb-impaired are helped; all Limbcare officers are actually amputees. The man in charge, chairman and founder, Ray Edwards MBE, 59, is a quad amputee since 1987. He told SWNS that, “There are upwards of 100,000 amputees in Britain,” and each will go through several different limbs as they outgrow them. Below and above the knee prosthetics can cost between $6,500 and $15,000 and the center plans on helping people pay for their prosthetics.
The charity has set up the recycling center in a warehouse in Camberley, Surrey. The limbs they receive are donated and they have already been given more than 1,000 limbs. Edwards told SWNS that the concept of recycling false limbs is a new one, “In the past, family members either threw away the false limbs or buried them with their loved ones.” Now, donated limbs will be taken apart, and the metal will be sold to raise money for different uses. Each limb is expected to bring in about $33 for the metalwork inside. They are also raising money through cash donations made by visiting www.justgiving.com/limbcare.
The limbs will be stripped for their parts, rather than given to amputees because by law they are considered medical waste and cannot be re-used. People who have outgrown their false limbs have donated to the center, as well as family members of amputees who have passed away. Edwards said, “Hopefully, we’ll be able to use the money we generate to buy wheelchairs, new limbs, and also pay for the training and rehabilitation for people who need our help.”