A south-west practice group has launched a range of recycling initiatives in a bid to ensure the employee-owned group’s waste stays out of landfills.
Pennard Vets has joined forces with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and recycling firm TerraCycle to drive the recycling of food pet containers, as well as any other waste.
The scheme is live at the group’s practices in Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Maidstone, with plans to expand the scheme into its other Kent practices in Allington, Borough Green, Langley Park and West Malling, next year.
Beth Kirwan, head veterinary nurse at Pennard Vets’ Sevenoaks practice, said: “Historically, the veterinary industry has produced more than its fair share of waste and at Pennard Vets we’re working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. This has been accelerated by us becoming employee-owned, which means our entire team is now even more empowered to put forward ideas and drive change through the business.
“We already have weekly collections of cardboard, tins, drip bags and tubing, but we wanted to do more to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill or being incinerated.”
The group has also become one of the first veterinary practices to start recycling surgical aprons, face masks, needle caps, blister packs and plastic syringes that have been used with sterile water or saline.
Ms Kirwan added: “Pet food packaging uses special materials, to keep food fresh for extended periods and prevent leaks, which means it can’t be recycled in domestic bins. Previously we were taking Hill’s food pouches to specialist recycling points, but introducing our own collection bins is dramatically increasing the amount of waste we can recycle, and it’s already proving popular with local pet owners.
“We’re also excited to now be in a position to start recycling clinical clothing and equipment that don’t contain blood, medicines or biological contaminants, which gives us a big opportunity to significantly reduce our environmental impact further. Hopefully the industry will see that changes like these at individual practices will all combine to make a big difference.”
Credit to: Pennard partnership ramps up recycling (Vet Times)
Vet Times. (2021). Pennard partnership ramps up recycling [online]