About the scheme

GSK is running the first 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 pharmacist 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 Then simply take in your empty or out-of-date respiratory inhalers, and your pharmacist will place them in the collection box for recycling or recovery.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.

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