Inhaler recycling scheme: Pharmacies in Wolverhampton join the green initiative

Several pharmacies have joined the inhaler recycling scheme in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, to support NHS England’s Greener NHS programme, which aims
to achieve net zero emissions by 2040.

It is part of a collaborative working initiative between the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and AstraZeneca UK Ltd, supported by the Black Country Integrated Care
Board and Wolverhampton City Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

Under this scheme, old and used inhalers are recycled and transformed into new products, such as coat hangers and waste bins.

Simon Evans, group chief strategy officer for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, emphasised the importance of prioritising the reduction of carbon footprint while
maintaining high-quality care, to protect the planet for future generations.

“The Trust has already made significant achievements in several areas including the physical estate, clinical services, waste recycling, catering and
medicines – with this inhaler recycling scheme from pharmacy being the latest string to our bow,” he said.