US 9,811,782 B1
Method of self-contained recycling of pharmaceutical containers
David A. Miceli, Reno, NV (US); and Joseph A. Miceli, Spencer, TN (US)
Assigned to TRI STATE DISTRIBUTION, INC., Sparta, TN (US)
Filed by David A. Miceli, Reno, NV (US); and Joseph A. Miceli, Spencer, TN (US)
Filed on Aug. 27, 2010, as Appl. No. 12/870,492.
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/00 (2012.01)
CPC G06Q 10/00 (2013.01) 35 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of recycling pharmaceutical containers comprising:
(a) providing a facility for the distribution of unused pharmaceutical containers that comply with Federal Drug Administration and United States Pharmacopeia regulations for containers used for the storage and dispensing of pharmaceutical products and the acceptance of used pharmaceutical containers, the unused pharmaceutical containers including unused recycled pharmaceutical containers made at least in part from the used pharmaceutical containers;
(b) delivering unused pharmaceutical containers from the facility to one of a plurality of pharmacies using a first delivery system;
(c) providing a collection system for collecting used pharmaceutical containers having patient information printed thereon at the plurality of pharmacies;
(d) delivering the used pharmaceutical containers collected from the plurality of pharmacies to the facility using a second delivery system;
(e) converting at the facility the used pharmaceutical containers into ground material having a material grade sufficient for pharmaceutical containers;
(f) forming unused recycled pharmaceutical containers from the ground material; and
(g) repeating steps (b)-(f) to provide a closed-loop recycling program wherein the used pharmaceutical containers collected from the plurality of pharmacies are isolated from other plastic recyclables such that the used pharmaceutical containers are directly recycled into unused pharmaceutical containers that comply with Federal Drug Administration and United States Pharmacopeia regulations for containers used for the storage and dispensing of pharmaceutical products.