WINNER: Take AIR Inhaler Recycling Scheme: Chiesi, Leicestershire and Rutland LPC and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust

In February 2021, Chiesi and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust joined forces to create Take AIR, with support from Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Take AIR is the first and only scheme allowing people to dispose of and recycle empty, unwanted, or out-of-date inhalers through the post – crucial during the pandemic when many were isolating. With around 70 million inhalers used in the UK annually and no existing recycling initiative, the partners created a pilot scheme and implemented it across Leicestershire, with the learnings and results used to help create local and national NHS-run multi-stakeholder recycling schemes. “This was a brilliant example of a partnership model between the health service and industry,” said judges.

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