Most days I am bowled over by the amount of trash we produce during one workday in the pharmacy. We have multiple receptacles and by the end of the day they are all overflowing. A lot of it is packaging material and empty bottles, but the majority is just paper. Every prescription that is processed results in some form of discarded paper. There is always some unused portion of the label or receipt as well as backing from labels that gets peeled off and thrown away. The patient information leaflet is often discarded (my diabetic customer who's been coming in for 10 years doesn't need or want the patient info sheet on the 1000th refill of his One Touch Ultra Test Strips. ) But the computer system prints it anyway, and theoretically I'm supposed to provide it, but that's another story. Anyway, I've had people at the cash register pull the medication vial out of the bag and hand everything else back to me and tell me to toss it. If I decide I need to reprint JUST a label for some reason, my crappy computer system reprints everything else too --- receipt, patient leaflet --- which goes right into the trash.
We are supposed to separate 'confidential' stuff (anything with a person's name on it) from other trash but compliance with that is pretty spotty. When you have people filling in at your store who don't normally work there, they don't pay attention to it. And when I see the trash collected at the end of the day I don't see the various containers handled any differently. It all seems to go into the same big bin. I find this worrisome, but to be honest, having a protocol for this is the job of someone with a more important title than me.
Then when I got home today I picked up my own mail from the mailbox. I looked through it, and EVERYTHING went into the recycle bin. There were a couple of credit card applications, some grocery leaflets, some investment prospectus(?) or something, a free magazine that I don't even look at, and a subscription renewal reminder that I already sent in. Some days I just hate all this waste.
If we had a better computer system at work it might help, but don't even get me started on that.