Chiesi Limited has launched a unique pilot scheme in Leicestershire to dispose and recycle inhalers through postal service.

The scheme entitled ‘Leicestershire Take Action for Inhaler Recycling’ will run for 12 months, after which it will be measured for effectiveness and how best it can be rolled out in other areas.

The scheme can be used for any inhaler brand and type, according to Chiesi.

The scheme is jointly supported by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and Leicestershire and Rutland local pharmaceutical committee.

Tom Delahoyde, managing director of Chiesi for UK and Ireland, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment towards a sustainable future, Chiesi has developed and funded the Leicestershire Take AIR scheme.

“We want to help people who use inhalers, and are worried about the impact on the environment, by making an easy and safe process to recycle, particularly in these challenging times. Chiesi is committed to promoting sustainability, and this initiative demonstrates our resolve to strive for the highest social, legal and environmental standards as a B Corp certified company.”

Alliance Healthcare is coordinating the distribution of the scheme support materials to enable local pharmacies to take part.

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