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Terracycle launches medicine blister pack recycling programme

Terracycle has partnered with French pharmaceutical company Sanofi to launch a new blister pack recycling programme in pharmacies across the UK.

The ‘Little Packs, Big Impact’ initiative, which was announced on 6 January, will see pharmacies register as drop-off points for customers to recycle their empty medicine blister packs on their next visit.

Blister pack medicationThe programme, which will address the problem of increasing blister pack waste in the pharmaceutical industry, will aim to get 400 sign-ups from pharmacies over the next year.

Laure Cucuron, General Manager for TerraCycle Europe, commented: “Blister packs are made of a complex mix of difficult-to-recycle materials required to protect medicines, including plastic and aluminum foil, which are not accepted by most council recycling systems so end up in household waste.

“Blister pack recycling has been something that the public has long been asking TerraCycle to add to its roster of recycling options.

“Now pharmacies and their customers can both play their part to help the environment with a small change by recycling empty blister packs through the Little Packs Big Impact scheme for the first time.”

Silvina Vilas, UK Marketing Director at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, makers of Buscopan and Dulcolax, said: “The Little Packs, Big Impact recycling initiative with TerraCycle is a significant move forward for the healthcare industry.

“Many people rely on medicines to manage self-treatable and long-term conditions, yet until now there hasn’t been a solution for the growing problem of medicine packaging waste. We believe in a healthy gut and a healthy planet, so are starting a movement to make it easier for people to recycle blister packs.

“The UK’s network of pharmacies has been keeping the nation on its feet during these challenging times. Working together with pharmacy teams and the public, our ambition is to help reduce plastic waste from landfill by letting little packs live again as reusable products, from waste bins to outdoor furniture, resulting in a big positive impact on the environment.”

Registered pharmacies across the UK can sign up to the programme by visiting the TerraCycle website.