Oriola complies with the order of precedence laid down in the Waste Act. First, the generation of waste is minimised and the generated waste is reused as much as possible. One of our environmental goals at the Group level is to increase the recycling rate to 85%. In 2020, our recycling rate was 74.1%.
Waste is minimised by using reusable plastic boxes when transporting pharmaceuticals to pharmacies, training personnel properly in appropriate and careful handling of pharmaceuticals, and monitoring clients' stocks to minimise waste. In cases where pharmaceutical packaging has only cosmetic defects and cannot be sold at pharmacies, Oriola, in cooperation with the pharmaceutical company, seeks solutions to prevent destruction.
More than a half of the waste generated by Oriola operations is recyclable cardboard and paperboard accumulated when products are repackaged. Each year, Oriola processes and sends for proper disposing hundreds of thousands of kilograms of pharmaceutical waste. We help our clients to safely and correctly dispose pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceuticals (e.g. nutritional supplements, cosmetics and medical devices) and hazardous waste that have been damaged in production, have expired or have been recalled from the market. A large part of the pharmaceutical waste disposed by Oriola comes from the waste collection points of the Kronans Apotek pharmacies where consumers can bring pharmaceuticals they no longer use or that have expired. Pharmaceutical waste is processed in combustion plants to generate energy.