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Boots launches blister pack recycling pilot in 100 stores

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Boots launches blister pack recycling pilot in 100 stores

Boots is expanding its ‘Recycle at Boots’ scheme to include a blister pack recycling pilot.

Collection bins have been placed in over 100 stores in London and South East England initially and will roll out to more stores across the UK in the next year. Used blister packs will be turned into construction material and furniture.

Customers can recycle blister packs from any brand and track their recycling, as long as they have a Boots Advantage Card. Card holders will receive 150 points when they recycle 15 empty blister packs and spend £10 in store.

Blister packs cannot typically be recycled through household kerbside collections. Boots hopes this new initiative will enable millions of used blister packs to be recycled and diverted from landfill over the next few years.

Natalie Gourlay, head of ESG at Boots, said: “Customers can now simply drop off their empty blister packs with the assurance that the materials will be given a second life. We will be taking the learnings of this initial pilot on board as we look to roll the scheme out more widely within the next year.”

The new blister pack recycling scheme is part of the wider Recycle at Boots initiative, which is delivered using technology partner Metrisk and recycling partner MYGroup.

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