Medicines

Take medicine waste to the pharmacy. All pharmacies accept medicine waste from households free of charge.

Medicine waste is:

  • out-of-date and unused medicines and pharmaceutical products for people and animals
  • mercury thermometers
  • sharp waste: needles, syringes, insulin pens, ampoules and similar products

How to return medicines:

  • return medicines, salves and sprays in their original packaging
  • remove instruction labels from prescription drugs to protect sensitive personal information
  • remove any cardboard packaging but do not take tablets out of blister packs
  • return tablets and capsules packaged in a plastic or glass bottle
  • place sharp waste in a secure, hard-sided jar or bottle
  • Keep separate medicines containing iodine, including iodine tablets, such as Betadine and Iodosorb and cytostatic drugs, such as cancer medicines.

NOT TO BE TAKEN TO A PHARMACY (DISPOSED OF AS MIXED WASTE):

  •  vitamins, moisturising creams, beauty products, micronutrients, natural remedies and bandages

What happens to medicine waste after sorting?

Medicines are incinerated in a processing plant for hazardous waste and the energy generated in the process is utilised as heat and electricity.

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