Recycling those empty medicine blister packs

Hopefully you are fortunate and don’t have regular medical prescriptions! However if you do, then each time you finish a pack it should go in your wastebin, to subsequently go to landfill. As the blister packs are made from rigid plastic sides with aluminium foil they require specialist treatment. Terracycle is a group that specialises in dealing with ‘difficult to recycle’ packaging and can organise this. I was concerned about the final destination of the items they collect but it would seem they carry out due diligence to ensure their contractors are doing what they say!


Locally the packs can be taken to Superdrug in Guildord for collection by Terracycle. Clearly it makes more sense to take a large amount there, rather than making individual journeys. Terracycle make a small donation to Marie Curie Foundation during the process. I have a collection box on my front doorstep (5 Duncombs Cotts GU8 4DB) and also a box next to the telephone kiosk by Hambledon Village Stores, and am happy to make the journey to Guildford when I have several sacks full! So please save those packs and drop them in when passing – a little more plastic and aluminium reused and prevented from entering landfill!

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Karen Barbato
Karen Barbato
1 month ago

That’s great news Mary, I will be saving mine for your recycling box. Thankyou.

Els
Els
1 month ago

Good to know. Thanks for sharing, Els

Ros Allen
Ros Allen
1 month ago

Brilliant Mary, thank you. Will drop off to you. Ros

Helena
Helena
1 month ago

I have a batch ready for you, Mary but was wondering whether contact lense packaging was also included (hard plastic with printed foil cover)?

Mary Grove
Mary Grove
1 month ago
Reply to  Helena

Helena – I’ve asked Terracycle and sadly the contact lens packs cannot be included in with the Med blister packs. They suggest the Acuvue Recycling Programme.

Deborah Cavalcante
Deborah Cavalcante
1 month ago

Gosh, I’ve been wrongly recycling my blister packs in with my plastics, oops! Thank you for providing this information and an easy accessible option to do it the right way!

Paul Unwin
Paul Unwin
1 month ago

Whilst we are not local, ‘Witley-ites’, thanks for that instructive piece of info. Will make the journey to the post box when out and about!

Kim Cross
Kim Cross
1 month ago

Good to know that they will be recycled. I will make my contribution to your box, Mary.