Movianto UK Helps GSK to "Complete the Cycle" as Innovative Inhaler Recycling
Programme Expands UK Wide
BEDFORD, England, April 3, 2013
BEDFORD, England, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Movianto UK, t he leading European pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics
provider, is taking part in an initiative to recycle inhalers used to treat
asthma and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
The GSK Complete the Cycle inhaler recycling and recovery Scheme collects and
recycles used inhalers across the UK to reduce the impact on the environment
caused by the landfill disposal of inhalers. The Scheme operates in
partnership with over 1,700 pharmacies throughout the country. Patients can
now simply return their used inhalers when they visit the pharmacy with repeat
prescriptions. With Movianto serving pharmacies around the UK, the company is
well-placed to support the Scheme by collecting the used inhalers from the
pharmacies they deliver medicines to.
At present approx. 73 million inhalers are used in the UK each year and 63% of
these patients dispose of their inhalers in their domestic rubbish bins.
However, GSK has calculated that if every inhaler-user in the UK returned all
their appliances for one year, this would save 512,330 tonnes of CO2eq. This
is an equivalent of a Volkswagen golf driving around the world 88,606 times.
The "Complete the Cycle" programme allows patients to take their inhalers to
the local pharmacy and dispose of them there. A further benefit is the
interaction between pharmacist and patient during this initiative: A pilot
scheme showed that 29% of the inhalers returned were not empty; on return to
the pharmacy, the staff was able to show patients how to improve the use of
their inhaler, manage their condition and also help reduce medicine wastage.
With its own validated transportation fleet consisting of over 200 dual
temperature vehicles, Movianto delivers to every healthcare outlet weekly and
in some cases more frequently. It was possible to build a solution which meant
zero extra miles, thus adding further to the sustainable credentials of the
project and making Movianto UK the ideal logistics provider for GSK's
"Complete the Cycle".
Managing Director of Movianto UK, Russell Atkinson, is proud to participate in
the programme: "As a logistics company travelling the width and breadth of the
country on a daily basis, we are continually looking for ways to further
improve our environmental footprint. This scheme allows us to serve the
industry and take part in an innovative recycling concept at the same time,"
PR Contact Movianto Movianto UK LtdJohn Wilson 1 Progress Park, Bedford MK42
9XE, United Kingdom Phone: +44-(0)1234-248774 Mobile: +44-(0)7816-324334
PR Contact GSK Philippa Manning GlaxoSmithKline UK Phone: +44-(0)208-990-2982
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