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How do I recycle?: Medicine packets

Updated: Aug 4

Recycling giant Terracycle has partnered with French pharma company Sanofi to launch a first of its kind medicine packet recycling scheme. The 'take-back' scheme is being rolled out across the UK this year and aim to set up 400 drop-off locations across the isles within the first year of the project.

We believe in a healthy gut and a healthy planet, so are starting a movement to make it easier for people to recycle blister packs.

The scheme allows customers to drop off their empty medicine blister packets in the dedicated bins of participating pharmacies. The collected packets will then be transformed into reusable raw material by Terracycle using unique recycling process.


According to research by Buscopan and Dulcolax, 65% of people surveyed use medicines in blister packs once a week for common health issues like headaches, hay fever and digestive conditions. Medicine blister packets are made from a complex mix of materials to protect the drugs, however this also means that they are difficult to recycle and not accepted for kerbside recycling by many councils.

Photograph of several medicine blister packets
Medicine packets

Silvina Vilas, UK Marketing Director at Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, says “Many people rely on medicines to manage self-treatable and long-term conditions, yet until now there hasn’t been a solution for the growing problem of medicine packaging waste. We believe in a healthy gut and a healthy planet, so are starting a movement to make it easier for people to recycle blister packs."


Start recycling your medicine packets today! Use Terracycle's interactive map to locate your nearest participating pharmacy.



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