Single use plastic and waste is a topic frequently seen in the news and social media. Large amounts of plastic waste are created by the medical and veterinary industry as a result of improvements in hygiene and sterility.

At North Maclean Family Vet, we are committed to reducing our contribution to waste, without compromising the care of our patients. In order to provide good hygiene, and avoid contamination and infection, some items must be single-use only and must be discarded. However, we aim to collect and recycle all soft plastics that are not biologically contaminated. We aim to reduce our paper use by focusing on email and text communications.

We are currently recycling:

  • Food tins
  • Bottles
  • Uncontaminated hard plastics
  • Cardboard/paper
  • Blister packaging
  • Printer toners
  • Styrofoam
  • Uncontaminated, non-medical Soft plastics
  • Fluid bags and lines
  • Uncontaminated disposable Surgical gowns
  • Uncontaminated disposable drapes
  • Small office items

We hope that as these programs and others are successfully set up we can ask our local community to get involved with us.

If you have questions about our waste practices, come down and have chat with us!


We are now stocking Elizabethan collars (also known as E collars, buckets, lamp shades, cone of shame) that are made out of 80% recycled plastic, and can be recycled once finished using in your normal household recycling!!

These collars have a wavy edge, and sport an image of a large tree to identify their sustainability. We are all so excited to be able to use these and hope you will be too!