Blooms The Chemist has partnered with recycling specialists, Pharmacycle, enabling people in the local community to recycle their medicinal blister packs.

To coincide with National Recycling Week, members of the local community can drop their used blister packs in co-branded receptacles in their nearest Blooms The Chemist pharmacy from 7 November.

Blooms The Chemist is the first pharmacy brand to launch this initiative across its entire network of more than 110 stores.

“More and more, our customers are telling us they want to be able to recycle common household medicinal waste,” Blooms The Chemist chief operating officer, Pamela Bishop said.

“We want to lead the pharmacy industry by example on environmental issues like recycling blister packs, which is why Blooms The Chemist is excited to be partnering with Pharmacycle to offer our local communities a complete recycling solution. Additionally, it ensures our stores can recycle blister pack waste generated from their dispensary service.”

Pharmacycle is the only full recycling solution for medical blister pack waste from start to finish and Pharmacycle business development manager, Jason Rijnbeek said it’s only the beginning – the company has ambitious growth plans.

“By the end of 2023, Pharmacycle will have at least five hundred drop-off locations right across Australia so every single person can recycle blister packs easily and conveniently,” he said.

Once collected, blister packs are transported to one of Pharmacycle’s local processing facilities, and through a series of mechanical recycling methods the aluminum is separated from the plastic and later turned into a range of new products.