The Guiseley veterinary practice, White Cross Vets, has joined forces with the Yorkshire waste management and recycling company, MYGroup, to introduce an innovative recycling scheme aimed at preventing the disposal of thousands of medicine blister packs in landfills each year.

In addition to recycling its own blister packs used for pet medication, White Cross Vets is encouraging local residents in and around Guiseley to bring in their empty tablets and pill blister packs for recycling. A dedicated collection box has been set up in the practice’s reception area.

MYGroup will handle the collected blister packs at its advanced facility in Hull, East Yorkshire, where the waste material will be sorted and transformed back into supply chains and new materials. This includes MYgroup’s MYboard™, a material akin to plywood, widely used in construction, joinery, shop fittings, and event installations. It is also used to manufacture furniture for commercial and community settings, such as benches and desks for schools.

Tom Ward, clinic director from White Cross Vets in Guiseley, said: “Very few local authorities or waste companies can recycle blister packs, which are used to package tablets and pills, meaning they usually end up in landfill or incineration.

“As a practice, we use thousands of blister packs every year and we’re conscious that we need to look after our environment, so when we discovered there is now a ground-breaking recycling solution through MYGroup, it was obvious we needed to get involved.

“We’re also pleased to be able to make it available to local people in the surrounding area who can collect the blister packs they use at home and drop them off with us for recycling, regardless of whether or not they’re a client or even a pet owner. The initial feedback we’ve received has been very positive and we’re now beginning to see more and more blister packs being recycled each week as the scheme begins to grow.”

Steve Carrie, group director from MYGroup, said: “MYGroup offers the only circular solution on the market for recycling blister packs and we’re only just getting started in this critical waste space to save such a ubiquitous item from landfill or incineration.

“It’s exciting to be working with White Cross Vets on this initiative and to be supporting them in making such a positive change to reduce the practice’s carbon footprint.”

Earlier this year, MYGroup launched its initial blister pack recycling scheme in a series of GP surgeries and pharmacies in York, amassing over 185,000 waste blister packs to date.

Each full box of blister packs collected by White Cross Vets contributes to an approximate carbon saving of 30kg, which is roughly equivalent to driving nearly 800 miles in a car.

Individuals interested in recycling blister packs can drop them off at White Cross Vets in Guiseley. White Cross Vets, a part of IVC Evidensia, has been caring for pets for 85 years. Established in West Yorkshire in 1937, it now employs a team of 300 across 21 practices in the UK. For further information about White Cross Vets, please visit www.whitecrossvets.co.uk.