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Recycling of medicine packets
A global initiative has been set up by TerraCycle – to tackle the problem of hard-to-recycle waste materials, they have partnered with Buscopan, Dulcolax and DulcoEase to create the Medicine Packet Recycling Programme, and are looking for community pharmacies to sign up as collection points.
For the first time, consumers can now recycle any brand of empty medicine blister packets by dropping them off at participating pharmacy drop-off points nationwide. This allows customers to recycle any empty prescription and over-the-counter medicine blister packs, simply and freely, by dropping them in dedicated bins the next time you need to visit their local participating pharmacy. Each empty blister packet that Superdrug gets recycled as part of the ‘Little Packs, Big Impact’ scheme supports Marie Curie.
Blister packs are made of a complex mix of difficult-to-recycle materials required to protect medicines, which are currently not accepted by most council recycling systems and tend to end up in the landfill.
So far in Fife there are only 3 pharmacies that you can drop off your blister packets for recycling:
Superdrug. 10 Falkland Gate, Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes
Dysart Pharmacy, 21 High Street, Dysart, Kirkcaldy.