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Waste & Recycling


By 2020, achieve 85% recycling of all waste generated from Store, Head Office and Distribution Centre operations.

Our Position

We are committed to recycling the waste that is generated by our activities! All waste that is generated in store is transported back to our Distribution Centres meaning that we have full control of our waste. At our Northern and Southern Distribution Centres we have designated Recycling Teams who sort the waste for Recycling or disposal.

Head Office waste is segregated by colleagues and collected directly for recycling or disposal as general waste.

Total recycling volumes from Stores, DCs and Head Office exceed 10,000 tonnes per year (80%.) The highest volume recycled materials are Card, Clear Soft Plastic, Paper, Mixed Recycling and Metal.Non-Recyclable General Waste, which accounts for over 2,500 tonnes per year, is sent to Energy from Waste facilities and incinerated to create energy.

We are proud to say that we divert 100% of our waste from landfill.

Did you know we recycle your old batteries?

If batteries are not recycled they are sent to land waste. This means in time dangerous chemicals may leach from the breakdown of the batteries resulting in soil and water pollution. Causing damage to our natural ecosystems and wildlife. Did you know the materials held in batteries can be recovered and reused? We can help; simply drop them into your nearest Superdrug store and we can recycle them for you through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme.

We also recycle your old inhalers!

Pharmacy stores can recycle your old inhalers. We have over 200 pharmacies in store throughout the UK and many are collecting used inhalers. Doing this reduces waste and also CO2 emissions if gas canisters were ever pierced or crushed, yet many of inhalers are currently being binned at home! As a result of the ‘Complete the Cycle’ scheme. Both plastic and aluminium parts of inhalers are recycled and used in new products including garden furniture, plastic bottles or car parts. Waste that is non-recyclable is transformed to provide either electricity or heat through the ‘waste to energy’ process via incineration. Breathe life into your old inhaler and find out more today by asking your local pharmacist. Find your nearest pharmacy.

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