Responsibly Steward Excess Waste
For the good of the environment.
The plastic packaging used for the storage and administration of drugs don’t need to be incinerated or go into landfill as much of it can be recycled.
Drugs left in original packaging can be stolen or misused any time between being transferred from the patient’s bedside to the incinerator.
Using sharps bins for disposal of unused drugs and related packaging is a huge waste of money as sharps bins are the most expensive clinical waste streams in a hospital.
Stop Water Pollution
When drugs are disposed of into the sink they end up in the waste water system which is not designed to remove drugs. This enables pollutants to leach into waterways, negatively impacting the quality of our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Some wastewater treatment facilities also produce sludge (marketed as ‘biosolids’). These biosolids still contain drugs and are often applied to agricultural environments. Scientists recognise the devastating effects drugs have on various animal species, particularly fish and aquatic mammals. We must address these concerns for the sake of our ecosystems as well as future generations.
It’s a no drainer...
As per NSQHS Standards
Review organisational policies, procedures and protocols for disposal of unused, unwanted or expired medicines to ensure:
• Consideration of situations when only part of a tablet, capsule, ampoule or infusion is required.
• Appropriate waste segregation (for example, use of purpose-designed disposal bins).