The reverse logistics is increasingly more present in the business world driven by the cost reduction involved and the environmental consciousness.
Concretely, the Reverse Logistics, according to the Council of Logistics Management, is “The process of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, cost-effective flow of raw materials, in-process inventory, finished goods and related information from the point of consumption to the point of origin for the purpose of recapturing value or proper disposal”
The purpose of this post is to introduce the reader to SIGRE, a Spanish non-profit organization that uses a reverse logistics system to guarantee the correct environmental management of domestic medicines and its packaging. The pharmaceutical laboratories launched it in 2011 with the participation of pharmacies and companies of pharma distribution.
Specifically, the process works as follow:
- Any individual that possess an expired medicine, drugs that already are not use or empty medicine packaging or with remains goes to the pharmacy.
- The pharmaceutical explains where is the SIGRE point inside the pharmacy.
- The individual deposit them in the SIGRE point.
- The pharma distributors take advantage of their visits to supply medicines to also pick up the medicine of packaging deposited in the point SIGRE of each pharmacy.
- In the packaging and waste medicine plant, the remains are recycled, used as a fuel in industrial processes and destroyed when they are dangerous.
Through this system, the organization accomplishes two big goals:
- Environmental: reduces the damage caused by the industry processes to the environment thanks to the recycling of remains, thus protecting and preserving it.
- Medical: makes awareness about the derived risks of the inappropriate use of pharma medicines.