What do I do with unused medicines?
November 11, 2019

Its important to get rid of unused or unwanted medicines properly and they should never be flushed down the toilet. Wasted or unused medicine is a serious and growing problem within the NHS that you can help tackle. It is estimated that as much as £300million is wasted every year on unused or partially used medication which cannot be recycled or re-used.

How to Dispose of Unwanted medicines:

Return them to a pharmacy or chemist for safe disposal.
Do not flush medicines down the toilet.

Tablet blister packs are not recyclable and should be placed in the waste bin when empty.

The cardboard box that houses the blister packs can be recycled, as can any paper inserts.

Unopened, unused and out-of-date medicines should be returned to pharmacies for disposal – never share medicines.

Inhalers should not be put in the waste bin as they may contain greenhouse gases which are harmful to the environment.

Instead they can be recycled safely at any pharmacy.


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