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 Stonham 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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Carol Stonham, MBE
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner