An eco-friendly solution to dispose of pharmaceutical waste in Lebanon

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A 'pill-board' building. (Image via Ziad Abi-Chaker)

This article is a crosspost with the MIT Technology Review Arab Edition written by Nancy Mourad.

Disposal of expired unused medicines constitutes a universally challenging environmental issue.

Improper disposal may be hazardous if it leads to contamination of water supplies or local sources used by nearby communities and wildlife.

Cedar Environmental, an environmental and industrial engineering organization, led by Lebanese entrepreneur Ziad Abi-Chaker (below, image via L'Orient Le Jour) has identified an innovative method for disposing of expired pharmaceutical pills by embedding them in recycled plastic panel boards developed by the company.

The project, done in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Dr. Walid Saad from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB), has proven to be an effective and safe way to dispose of expired medicines.

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