10 February 2021
UK has launched the Medicine Packet Recycling Programme, coming from a partnership between manufacturer Sanofi and TerraCycle
The UK has launched the Medicine Packet Recycling Programme, created based on a partnership between manufacturer Sanofi and TerraCycle, a company that specialises in hard-to-recycle materials.
TerraCycle operates global free recycling programmes that are funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers to deal with their packaging.
For the Medicine Packer Recycling Programme, the global waste management company will collect empty blister packets and then separate them by polymer type and then extrude them into pellets.
This new medicine pack recycling programme will allow consumers in the UK to responsibly dispose of any prescription or over-the-counter medicine blister packet, all for free.
What consumers must do is to make sure they put the blister packets in the dedicated bins at a pharmacy that participates in the programme in their area. The initial goal of the partnership is to create up to 400 drop-off locations across the country in the first year.
Medicine packaging waste was a growing problem that up until now, had no solution since medicine blister packets are considered hard-to-recycle waste. Yet, this new medicine packaging recycling programme has the potential to solve this problem once and for all in the UK.
The UK introduces new medicine pack recycling programme for hard-to-recycle blister packs