Recycle for Scotland

What to do with inhalers?

24 JUL 20 | 1 minute read

Thanks to a scheme run by GlaxoSmithKline ‘Complete the Cycle’, used inhalers can now be recycled. You can safely recycle your empty inhalers or inhalers you don’t need through any participating pharmacy.

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Don’t put used inhalers in your household recycling collection.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

not currently recycled

Inhalers can’t be recycled at household waste recycling centres.

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

Inhalers can be recycled at participating pharmacies. Complete the Cycle was set up in the UK in 2011 and over 1.2 million inhalers were recycled by the end of 2017. Disposing inhalers incorrectly can be harmful to the environment. For more information or to find your nearest pharmacy or visit Complete the Cycle.

Did you know?

If every inhaler-user in the UK returned all their inhalers for one year, this would save 512,330 tonnes of CO2eq - the same as a VW Golf car being driven around the world 88,606 times*

*GSK data on file. UK Inhaler recycling & environmental claims July 12.

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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