DASTRI: environment and health reconciled!


DASTRI is an eco-organization approved by the State to organize the collection and treatment of punctured care waste at risk of infection from patients in self-treatment and users of diagnostic self-tests. With the emergence of connected medical devices, the eco-organization has recently widened its scope of action.

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Extended Producer Responsibility

The DASTRI eco-organization was created in 2012 as part of the Extended Producer Responsibility (REP) sectors. These legally require manufacturers to take charge of the end of life of the waste of some of their products (batteries, paints, tires, unused medicines, etc.). Companies can choose to take care of this themselves, or finance an approved eco-organisation.

The DASTRI circuit is the only circuit approved by the State for the sector of “waste from healthcare activities with a perforating infectious risk from patients in self-treatment”. In France, it is estimated that there are 1.8 million people in self-treatment, mainly for diabetes.

Distribution, collection and processing

Through a network of nearly 20,000 pharmacies in France and overseas, the organization provides containers that patients fill and then return to the pharmacy. In 2021, DASTRI distributed 4.4 million needle boxes, reaching a total of nearly 23 million since the creation of the sector. The boxes are single-use, yellow plastic with a green lid.

DASTRI then organizes the collection of the boxes, then the treatment of the waste by burial or incineration, with or without pre-treatment by disinfection. The service is free for pharmacies and patients. The eco-organization carries out more than 70,000 collections per year, and reaches a collection rate of 82%.

the environment and health reconciled!

the environment and health reconciled! DASTRI

A new challenge for DASTRI: connected piercing medical devices

Resulting from a real technological breakthrough, connected medical devices significantly improve the daily lives of thousands of people and the management of their pathology, in particular diabetes. But once used, they become DASRIe (Waste from Infectious Risk Care Activities with electronics) for which there was as yet no national collective recycling solution.

It is now done since DASTRI launched a new collection circuit on March 22, 2022, after five years of experimentation involving nearly 7,000 volunteer pharmacies at the national level. A new purple box, intended for people equipped with connected piercing medical devices, is now available free of charge in pharmacies. It will allow the persons concerned to direct their used devices to a separation site for recycling located in France. Together, pharmacists and patients thus contribute to reducing the environmental impact of DASRIe.


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