Recycle medicine and cosmetics, ministry urges
(CS) Around 380 tonnes of pharmaceuticals and 240 tonnes of beauty products were dumped with general waste in 2013 and 2014, with the Sustainable Development Ministry calling on the public to properly recycle these items.
Around 1,100 tonnes of problematic waste were not correctly recycled between 2013 and 2014 – around 2 kilogrammes per person, of which a majority consisted of pharmaceuticals and beauty products.
These items are often not considered problematic waste and simply thrown away, poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.
To mark World Environment Day on June 5, the Sustainable Development Ministry, together with the “SuperDrecksKëscht” and the union of pharmacists is launching an awareness raising campaign.
Especially pharmaceuticals can have detrimental effects, as they are poorly biodegradable and their active ingredients can harm the environment. For example, studies have shown that hormone pollution causes fish populations to become predominantly female, disrupting natural balance.
A solution to the problem is to properly dispose of the products rather than throwing them away.
Pharmaceuticals can be taken back to most pharmacies or the “SuperDrëcksKescht”, from where they are taken to Germany for incineration. For syringes and cannula there are special boxes provided by pharmacies.
Leftover personal hygiene and beauty products can also be disposed of at the “SuperDrëcksKescht”.
With reporting by Rita Ruppert