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Why?

Responsibly Steward Excess Waste

  • For the good of the environment.

  • Plastic Drug administration goods/packaging don’t need to be incinerated or go to landfill and can even be recycled.

  • Drugs left in original packaging can be stolen or misused anywhere between the patient bedside to the incinerator.

  • It’s the most expensive clinical waste stream and costs hospitals huge amounts of money.

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).