Complete the Cycle

Protecting our environment and safeguarding our future, one inhaler at a time.

73 million respiratory inhalers are prescribed every year in the UK1 and not disposing of them correctly can be harmful to our environment. Our inhaler recycling and recovery scheme, Complete the Cycle, is the first of its kind for respiratory inhalers in the UK.

Complete the Cycle was set up in the UK in 2011. By the end of 2017, over 1.2 million inhalers have been recycled and recovered. This has saved carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 5,199 cars off UK roads2.

By working together with patients, pharmacies and healthcare professionals, we can all help to reduce waste and greenhouse gases, moving towards a more environmentally sustainable treatment of respiratory disease.

Find a participating pharmacy, hospital or dispensing doctor near you.

References:

1) Data on File 2018 IMS No. of inhalers Prescribed (UK/RET/0081/17(1))
2) Data on File 2018 CO2 emissions calculations (UK/RET/0010/18)