New scheme to recycle inhalers in Ottery

PEOPLE with asthma can now recycle their inhalers at a pharmacy in Ottery in a ground-breakings scheme.

The new service, called Complete the Cycle, starts this week and aims to reduce the environmental impact of disposing respiratory inhalers.

Co-Operative Pharmacies, who are running the scheme in partnership with TerraCycle UK and GSK, say recycling the inhalers will prevent the propellant inside them, a greenhouse gas, being released into the environment.

After a pilot scheme earlier in the year, 200 pharmacies nationwide hope to prevent up to 70,000 inhalers from being put into landfill.

Julie Popham, manager of the branch in Wonford, said: “I’m delighted to be able to offer this simple yet effective service to my customers, and believe together we can make an important difference to our environment.”

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Chris Baker, from Teracycle UK, hopes it will encourages all people using respiratory inhalers in Ottery and elsewhere to do even more for the environment.

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