TERI Recycling Scheme Introduced for Interdental Brushes  

TePe, the industry leading manufacturer of interdental brushes, has partnered with Cannon Hygiene Ltd to introduce a pilot recycling scheme for interdental brushes. The TePe Environmental Recycling Initiative (TERI) will provide dental patients and staff with the UK’s first pilot recycling solution for interdental brushes.

As part of this scheme, used interdental brushes can now be returned to the dental practice for recycling. The initiative marks a step change in the current disposal process, as it is not yet possible to recycle materials or products that are composed of more than one element in the UK. However, dental practices already have a solution in place to dispose of sharps and contaminated waste.

The TERI scheme will therefore utilise the existing system to dispose of interdental brushes in practice. This waste will then be incinerated to generate energy for heating and bottom ash for road and car park surfacing.

 

Elaine Tilling, TePe’s Head of Projects and Clinical Education, said:

“Plastics and other non-recyclable material are a prevalent issue for the dental profession and the wider dental industry. As a Swedish company, TePe has a long standing and strong commitment to environmental protection and is constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce waste. The TERI pilot is about using an existing system for recycling products that would normally go into landfill. We have had a really enthusiastic response from dental practices wishing to take part in the pilot and we look forward to working with them to review the uptake over the coming months.”

 

There will be no cost incurred by the dental practices taking part in the scheme. TePe is simply calling on participating practices to ensure the disposal bin is placed in a prominent location to encourage patients and staff to make use of this facility.

Through the introduction of TERI, TePe continues to demonstrate its commitment to making its business more sustainable. It follows the recent introduction of the TePe GOOD™ toothbrush, the UK’s first bio-based plastic toothbrush, which is made from renewable materials and is manufactured in Sweden using 100% green energy.

In addition, TePe has been certified to ISO 14001 environmental standard for over 15 years, while manufacturing in Sweden is powered by green energy, much from the company’s own solar panels.

For more information on the TePe Environmental Recycling Initiative or to get involved, contact TePe on 01749 608800 or email karen.kemp@tepe.com or visit www.tepe.com/uk.





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