Press Release 20th April 2013     




A GREENOCK pharmacy is one of the first in Britain to adopt a new recycling scheme.


The Co-operative Pharmacy in Roxburgh Street allows people to reduce their carbon footprint by returning their respiratory inhalers for recycling - avoiding the harmful impact associated with landfill disposal.


Pharmacy manager Lesley Cochrane said the scheme is an important contribution towards improving the environment.


She told the Tele: "As a pharmacy at the heart of the community we are committed to improving the health of the local population, and, as a co-operative and ethical business, we are delighted that more people are being offered the opportunity to make an important difference to the environment.


"We are one of the first pharmacies to introduce this simple, yet effective service.


"Since launching the scheme we have had more opportunities to offer advice about correct inhaler techniques, helping customers to manage and improve their condition.


"In turn, as individuals get better at taking their medicines as directed, this also helps to reduce medicines wastage."


The pharmacy was visited by Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil, who wanted to learn about the initiative.


Mr McNeil said: "It was great to meet with staff to learn about this innovative initiative and hear about the crucial services the pharmacy provides in the heart of our community.


"The new initiative will help to reduce CO2 emissions - and will have the benefit of providing opportunities for customers to learn more about correct inhaler techniques, which will help to improve their condition."