Disposal of inhalers

Disposal of inhalers

January 8, 2020

All used inhalers should be returned to a pharmacy to be disposed of safely. They can be disposed of by the pharmacist with other drugs waste, this is then thermally treated to destroy the greenhouse gases. This environmentally safe disposal route is available at all pharmacies and is paid for by NHS England. Please make sure that you encourage patients at the point of dispensing to return their unwanted inhalers to you for safe disposal. The website https://greeninhaler.org

outlines some shocking statistics:

Approximately 73 million inhalers are used in the UK every year*

Landfill disposal of inhalers is harmful to the environment both in material waste and in greenhouse gas emissions as the residual gas from canisters is released to the atmosphere.

If every inhaler-user in the UK returned all their inhalers for one year, this could save 512,330 tonnes of CO2eq – the same as a VW Golf car being driven around the world 88,606 times*

* GSK data on file. UK Inhaler recycling & environmental claims July 12.

https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/inhalers-0




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