A range of household dental care products can now be responsibly disposed of in the Highlands after Scotland’s largest dental group introduced a revolutionary program to divert waste from landfills.
Invergordon Dental Practice, McIntyre Corbet and Associates of Dingwall, Inshes Dental Center and Torwood Dental Practice in Inverness, Glencoe Dental Center and M&S Dental Care in Fort William have joined Philips dental recycling program, in partnership with TerraCycle, leader in “hard recycling” – “recycle” waste.
The practices are part of the Clyde Munro dental group that is bringing the program north of the border.
In addition to used electric toothbrush heads and covers, it recycles items such as plastic wire holders, dental floss containers, dental floss nozzles and interdental brushes of all brands.
Participating practices will offer a collection point within their reception area for patients to drop off their dental products at their next appointment.
With 48 of the 51 practices in the group participating, reaching over 360,000 patients, this makes it the largest introduction of the program in Scotland.
Fiona Wood, COO at Clyde Munro, said: “Household dental waste has long been problematic, in that you can’t recycle it in the usual way at home.
“This means that the plastic inevitably goes to the landfill, because there was no other option.
“With Terracycle, thanks to our partnership with Philips, we now have this solution.
“We hope our patients embrace this – and help us do all we can to reduce our footprint. “
TerraCycle programs allow consumers to send traditionally non-recyclable products and packaging free of charge, which is then recycled into a format used to make new products.
As an added benefit, practices will receive a charitable donation from TerraCycle based on the weight of the recycled material, with all of this money going to Clyde Munro’s partner charity, Alzheimer Scotland, or a local charity of each practice’s choice.
Clyde Munro was founded by Jim Hall in 2015 with the acquisition of seven firms and has grown rapidly since then through further acquisitions. It intends to continue its expansion.
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