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Practical Advice Around Inhaler Recycling

Recycling is an important aspect towards delivering greener respiratory care. To put this into context, there are approximately 73 million inhalers currently used in the UK every year1 with a high proportion sent to landfill with almost half their usable propellant left inside.2 The UK government ambition is to ensure that at least 50% of pMDIs are recycled.3

In this webinar Carol Stoneham touches on principle considerations towards waste management, discussing the differences between recycling and incineration. She also tries to raise awareness on how to avoid and manage medication waste in the most appropriate way, and highlights the shared responsibility between patients, GPs, Nurses and pharmacists


1. Chiesi data on file.
2. BTS. Position Statement. The Environment and Lung Health 2020. Available at: https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/about-us/governance-documents-and-policies/position-statements/ [Last accessed December 2021]. 
3. House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. UK progress on reducing F-gas emissions. 18 April 2018 Available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/469/469.pdf [Last accessed December 2021]. 

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Ms Carol Stonham

Ms Carol Stonham qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 in Bristol and has worked in Primary Care in Gloucestershire since 1990. Following 26 years working as a Nurse Practitioner in General Practice, Carol now works at Gloucestershire CCG on the Respiratory Clinical Programme Group as Senior Nurse Practitioner (Respiratory) as well as running a locality based FeNO service. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring.

Carol is an active member of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK. She is Chair of the PCRS Executive Committee. Carol is also the Primary Care nurse representative for the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme, UK Inhaler Group and UK Lung Cancer Coalition. Carol has been awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and in 2016 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for Services to Nursing and Healthcare.