Less talking – taking action ...
Wasser 3.0 and Stern Apotheke Heidelberg are launching joint campaign to protect the vital water resource
Team Wasser 3.0 from the University of Koblenz-Landau and the chemicals manufacturer abcr GmbH from Karlsruhe, together with the Stern Apotheke Heidelberg, are launching an enlightenment initiative against drug disposal via toilet or drain into the water cycle.
Many Germans still dispose of expired medicines wrongly. According to a study conducted by the Frankfurt Institute for Socio-Ecological Research, only 15 percent of Germans put their drug remedies - as is right - into the residual waste or the "medi-ton". Far too often, however, the medicines end up in the drain. As a result, the active substances go the same way as metabolic drug residues. They enter the rivers via the sewage treatment plant, which can not be filtered out at the moment, with some dramatic consequences for the environment. More than 150 active substances are now detected in nearly all waters, most of which come from private households.
The Team Wasser 3.0 and the Sternapotheke in Heidelberg are now setting joint action points for maintaining water quality. The opening event took place in November 2016 at the Sternapotheke in Heidelberg. In the next few years, the campaign will be pushed forward throughout Germany and Europe.
The goal is to make the population aware of how improper disposal of medicines affects water quality. In addition to the on-site activities, the Wasser 3.0 – Stern Apotheke Heidelberg charity cycling team will be founded in 2017 and will be traveling on ecological expeditions in order to collect data on water quality and to carry out communication work to protect the water resource.