From left to right, Trudi Foster (Head of Essex Equipment Service), Peter Martin (Chairman – Non Executive Director), MP Priti Patel and Joe Coogan (Director of Operations)
ECL (Essex Cares Ltd.), the Local Trading Authority Company of Essex County Council was honoured to have a visit by local Witham MP and Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel to the Essex Equipment Service last week.
While onsite she visited workers at the service, being shown how equipment was sorted, cleaned, and sent back out for re-use or recycled. The site includes the Aqua-phase machine, which de-contaminates and sterilises the equipment ready for re-use.
Priti was delighted with what she saw and said: "I was pleased to visit Essex Cares on Friday and see at first hand their operations. They provide an important service to local people and support vulnerable and disabled residents. I discussed with them their business operations and the steps being taken to get care equipment to people who need it as soon as possible."
Joe Coogan, ECL operations director, said: "Our team sorts, cleans and reuses thousands of pieces of equipment every month."
"Over the last six months we saved over £2,000,000 in equipment costs thanks to the amount we recycle. When we recycle old equipment, all the money earned is ploughed back into new items which helps keep the cost to taxpayers down.
"We are proud of the service we provide to people who depend on this equipment and were proud to show our operation to our local MP."
In June 2017 the company collected 3,500 used items from homes across Essex and 95 per cent of those were cleaned, refurbished and reused by other customers in around four days, with five per cent being scrapped.
Last month 93 per cent of the 2,226 items collected were reused and this turnaround means equipment is constantly moving in and out of the yard in Witham.