Recycling Tips - Medicines

Recycling Tips - Medicines


Some plastic waste is unavoidable and this is certainly true for many medical items.

It is worth finding out if your plastic medication packaging can be recycled.

Below are some tips for recycling packaging in the UK.

Please note that due to safety reasons unopened, unused and out-of-date medicines should be returned to a pharmacy for disposal.

Contact Lenses 

Boots Opticians support a TerraCycle scheme to recycle soft contact lenses and the blister and foil packaging. They accept all brands.

Find your nearest Boots Optician  


GlaxoSmithKline’s ‘Complete the Cycle’ scheme recycle all brands of inhaler. They run collections via multiple pharmacies including Boots and Tesco.

“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 roads.” Over 73 million inhalers are prescribed a year so imagine how much CO2 we could save if more were recycle.

Find your nearest collection point

Tablet Blister Packs

These are collected by some local authorities, such as West Sussex. Check with your local council. 

This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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