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What to do with inhalers?

10 AUG 21 | 1 minute read

Inhalers shouldn't be thrown in the bin. When inhalers end up in landfill, environment-harming residual gas from canisters is released into the atmosphere.

Up until September 2020 inhalers were collected for recycling by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) but unfortunately this service is no longer available. There is another scheme running but participation varies by pharmacy (view a map of locations at the bottom of this page).

Recycling is constantly evolving so this might change in the future as GSK haven’t ruled out working with the NHS on wider, joint working across industry rather than their own standalone approach.

For now, if your local pharmacy is not on the list above it’s still important that they be returned to be disposed of safely rather than entering landfill where residual gas from canisters can be released into the atmosphere.

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Don’t put used inhalers in your household recycling collection, instead used inhalers should be returned to a pharmacy to be disposed of safely.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

not currently recycled

Inhalers can’t be recycled at household waste recycling centres. Please take them to a pharmacy to be disposed of safely. 

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.

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