Colten Care leads the way in recycling tablet blister packs

From left: Juliana Clark, Assistant Interior Designer; Peter Doyle, Operations Manager; Cephanie Keightley, Senior Clinical Skills Trainer; and Jacky Sylvester, Operations Manager.
From left: Juliana Clark, Assistant Interior Designer; Peter Doyle, Operations Manager; Cephanie Keightley, Senior Clinical Skills Trainer; and Jacky Sylvester, Operations Manager.

We are backing a global effort to recycle empty medical tablet strips to prevent them spending a lifetime in landfill.

Our Operations Manager Jacky Sylvester was among colleagues preparing to take a first batch of strips to Superdrug, one of the outlets partnering with TerraCycle as a collection point. The retailer is supporting end-of-life charity Marie Curie as part of the initiative.

Jacky said: “Recycling our old tablet strips is a great way to do our bit for the environment while supporting a fantastic charity at the same time. We aim to make this an ongoing activity.”

Across our homes, colleagues have collected tens of thousands of blister pack strips over the past few months for bagging up at our Ringwood warehouse and onward delivery, via Superdrug, to recycling firm TerraCycle.

Laure Cucuron, its general manager for Europe, said the company had developed a new process for dealing with the traditionally difficult-to-recycle materials needed to protect medicines, such as plastic and aluminium foil.

“Our recycling initiative will help blister packs live again as reusable products like outdoor furniture,” she said.

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