Since its creation in 1993, the ecological organization Cyclamed has mobilized citizens on the need to take unused medicines (UNU) to pharmacies, for health and environmental reasons.
In 2020, 8 out of 10 French people declared that they took their UMs to pharmacies.
The Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region is not a good student
“Despite everything, the quantitative results of fundraising show a slight decrease, in correlation with the drop in drug sales, as the population grows and ages. Separation of carton packs and drug brochures is being developed in favor of selective sorting and recycling of materials. The correct use of the drug favored by health professionals is becoming evident in behavior, “says Cyclamed President Thierry Moreau-Defarges.
This gesture is particularly anchored in retirees (89%), those over 35 (86%) and women (83%). Geographically, the inhabitants of rural municipalities or in localities with less than 20,000 inhabitants (84%) stand out. This is part of the reason why the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region is not a particularly good student.
Recovery for energy purposes
“We can see that recycling, in all its forms, is always more complicated in large urban areas, in particular due to the difficulties associated with housing,” emphasizes Thierry Moreau-Defarges. The Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region has 2,480 pharmacies.
In 2019, 1,141 tons of UMN were eliminated in an environmentally friendly way, that is, 143 g / inhabitant / year (-3% compared to 2018), while the national average is 159 g / inhabitant / year.
These drugs are incinerated. Energy recovery is provided for the AURA region in Bayet (Allier), Salaise-sur-Sanne (Isère) and Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère). It can be used to illuminate and heat homes or public establishments. To intensify its action, the eco-organization will continue its communication campaigns with the general public in 2021.