February 3, 2020

Pilot Test for New Bin Launched in Victoria

A new RUM bin has been launched as part of a pilot test to a group of 50 pharmacies across Victoria. The pilot aims to ensure that the bins remain as convenient as possible for pharmacists and those transporting the bin. 

Upon successful completion of the pilot in a few weeks time, the new bin will be rolled out to all pharmacies nation-wide. A sufficient supply of new bins will be ready for all pharmacies to access as soon as the pilot has been successfully completed.  

The new bins will continue to be handled by wholesalers, so the process of ordering and returning RUM bins will remain unchanged. 

The new bin has been designed with increased security and privacy in mind – for consumers, pharmacists, and those transporting the bins. 

The secure one-way entry will mean that once unwanted or expired medicines have been placed into the new bin, they will not be able to be removed again. 

This will ensure that medicine returned by the community gets securely delivered to the EPA accredited incinerators, where they will be permanently and safely destroyed. 

So far, the feedback from pharmacists participating in the trial has been overwhelmingly positive. If you have any questions about the new bin or the trial, please contact us today. 

The Return of Unwanted Medicines Project is a free service that offers a way to dispose of unwanted or expired medicines safely and conveniently at your local community pharmacy. Find out more about the service here.

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