Medicine recycle bins have been set up in 670 communities in Shenzhen to recycle, transport and dispose of medicine discarded by residents, according to sznews.com.
A resident, surnamed Wen, said she is accustomed to getting rid of expired medicine on a regular basis so that she won’t accidentally give the medicine to her baby. Wen said she was aware that discarding the medicine along with household garbage might lead to pollution, but she didn’t know a better way to dispose of the medicine.
According to the National Hazardous Wastes Catalog, expired medicine is one of the main causes of environmental pollution. Expired medicine shouldn’t be disposed of along with household garbage, as the medicine might pollute water and soil after dissolving into underground water, which might cause new drug-resistant bacterial infections in human beings.
However, most residents are not aware of the new recycle bins in their neighborhoods.
A staffer with the city’s social workers association said they will continue promoting medicine recycling to the public and add more recycle bins in residential estates in the city.