About the scheme

GSK is running the first national recycling and recovery scheme for all respiratory inhalers. Our aim is to support the reduction in waste and greenhouse gas emissions, moving towards a more environmentally sustainable treatment of respiratory disease.

How to get involved

First, you need to locate your nearest participating pharmacy, hospital or dispensing doctor in the UK. Then simply take in your empty or out-of-date respiratory inhalers, and your pharmacist will place them in the collection box for recycling or recovery.

Why recycling/recovering inhalers is important

Complete the Cycle is an easy and convenient way to recycle your inhalers, allowing you to breathe new life into your old inhalers. Participating in our UK specific scheme helps to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, moving towards a more environmentally sustainable treatment of respiratory disease.

New research commissioned by GSK reveals that 58% of people in the UK are putting their inhaler into general waste and that whilst 33% of people are using their kerbside recycling service, they are wrongly thinking that their inhaler will be recycled. This is because not all councils can recycle the plastics and gases contained in inhalers.

Complete the Cycle gives you an easy way to make a difference to the environment by returning your used inhalers for recycling and recovery.

What happens to the inhalers

The inhalers will be collected as part of routine deliveries - so no extra miles are travelled in the administration of this scheme. The inhalers will be taken to a waste management company to be sorted for recycling or recovery. Recovery means using the non-recyclable inhaler waste as a fuel or other means to generate energy. We will recycle or recover every respiratory inhaler collected, including those manufactured by companies other than GSK.

The Complete the Cycle swirl and name is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. This service has been fully funded by GlaxoSmithKline.