Date lodged: 26 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what proportion of the components in the home screening kit for bowel cancer kit are recyclable.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 6 March 2019
The bowel cancer screening kit comprises of an outer envelope, a letter with instructions, an information booklet, a return postage-paid envelope and a test kit.
The outer envelope, the letter with instructions, and the information booklet are all paper and can be recycled. Until 11th February 2019, the programme used a foil return envelope which was not recyclable, however the programme now uses a different type of envelope which is recyclable.
After being analysed at the lab the used test kits are disposed of in clinical waste bags (i.e. treated in the same way as blood tubes), and are not recycled.