GSK “Complete the Cycle” Inhaler Recycling Scheme

Recycling is one of the simplest ways we can make a difference to our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. Thanks to a new scheme run by GlaxoSmithKline called ‘Complete the Cycle’, used inhalers can now be recycled.

Patients can return all used inhalers to any community pharmacy to be disposed of in an environmentally safe way, preventing the release of greenhouse gases that occurs when inhalers are sent to landfill. 

If every inhaler user in the UK returned all their inhalers for one year, this could save 512,330 tonnes of carbon dioxide — the same as a Volkswagen Golf being driven around the world 88,606 times.

How to get involved

Simply hand in your empty, out of date or unused inhaler to a participating pharmacy or locate your nearest participating pharmacy here: https://pharmacyfinder.completethecycle.eu/index.html

The nearest participating pharmacies to Harbourside are:

  • Boots Pharmacy – 50 High Street,Portishead, Bristol, Avon, BS20 6EL
  • Boots Pharmacy – 29-30 Somerset Square,Nailsea, Bristol, Avon, BS48 1RQ
  • Rowlands Pharmacy – 111 Old Street,Clevedon, Avon, BS21 6BP

What happens to the inhalers

The inhalers are collected as part of routine deliveries, so no extra miles are travelled, and then taken to be sorted for recycling or recovery. Recovery means using the non-recyclable parts of the inhaler to generate energy.

GSK can also recycle and recover respiratory inhalers manufactured by companies other than GSK. Read their inhaler list to find out which inhalers they take back.