Greener Care

Looking to recycle your inhaler?

People can return old or used inhalers to New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals or a participating pharmacy in Wolverhampton (please see the full list of pharmacies below). The inhalers are recycled and transformed into new products, such as coat hangers and waste bins.

Latest News: Community Pharmacy Inhaler Recycling Bin

The dedicated recycling bins at our hospital sites come with supporting guidance that explains what can and cannot be recycled.

The facts about inhalers:
  • Inhalers account for three per cent of the overall NHS carbon footprint. In the Midlands, over 12 million inhalers were prescribed in 2019/20.
  • These inhalers included short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) inhalers, which are used to provide quick relief of asthma symptoms. Together with metered dose inhalers (MDI), dry power inhalers (DPI) and soft mist inhalers (SMI), they contributed to over 200,000 tonnes of carbon.
  • The propellants used in MDI inhalers contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). These are potent greenhouse gases, and not disposing of them correctly means they will leak out over time, contributing to global warming.
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Simon Evans, Group Chief Strategy Officer for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “While ensuring we can deliver high-quality care, we must focus on reducing our carbon footprint in a way that protects this planet for future generations.

“The Trust has already made significant achievements in several areas including the physical estate, clinical services, waste recycling, catering and medicines – with this inhaler recycling scheme from pharmacy being the latest string to our bow.”

Janet Smith, Head of Sustainability for the Trust, added: “What’s important to note about the safe disposal and recycling scheme is that the Trust’s waste team will also pick up full bins on their usual routes around the city, which means they aren’t driving more than they normally would and emitting any additional CO2 into the atmosphere.”

The RWT bins are located as follows:
  • Lloyds Pharmacy at New Cross Hospital (level one, above Greggs, location A4)
  • Inside the Emergency Department entrance at New Cross Hospital (location C50)
  • Respiratory Centre at New Cross Hospital (location B1)
  • Lloyds Pharmacy at Cannock Chase Hospital (level one)
  • Main reception at West Park Rehabilitation Hospital
The items need to be clean and loose (not tied up in plastic bags), and should not include any of the following:
  • Inhaler spacers 
  • Any other medication or the empty strips from tablets and capsules
  • The box the inhaler came in 
  • Paper 
  • Cardboard 
  • Other types of plastic

Any metered dose inhaler can be recycled. Please see examples of common ones below:

Latest News: Common Metered dose inhalers

You can recycle your inhalers at any of the following locations:-

Pharmacy Address Postcode
Superdrug 12 Central Arcade
Mander Centre
Bridgenorth Road Pharmacy 41 Bridgnorth Road
Phoenix Medical Centre Parkfield Road WV4 6ED
Essington Pharmacy 129 Long Knowle Lane
WV11 1JG
HN Pharmacy 124 Cannock Road
WV10 8PW
Ettingshall Pharmacy 3 New Street
Mayfield Pharmacy 272 Willenhall Road WV1 2GZ
Morrisons Supermarket Black Country Route
WV14 0DZ
Millstream Pharmacy 151 Tettenhall Road WV3 9NJ
Superdrug Pharmacy 1 Market Way
WV14 0DR
Central Pharmacy Until 6 Overfield Drive WV14 9XW
Bradley Chemist 83 Hall Green Street
WV14 8TH
Upper Green Pharmacy 5 Upper Green
Lower Green Health Centre Tettenhall
The Pharmacy Clinic 6 Bargate Drive WV6 0QW
Alpha Pharmacy 408 Stafford Road
WV10 6AN
Hawthorne Chemist Essington Community Centre
Hobnock Rd
WV11 2RF
Northwood Pharmacy 88 Griffiths Drive
WV11 2JW

The inhaler recycling scheme helps to support NHS England’s Greener NHS programme aimed at achieving net zero emissions by 2040. It is part of a Collaborative Working initiative between The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and AstraZeneca UK Ltd, supported by the Black Country Integrated Care Board and Wolverhampton City Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

Find out more about the scheme and other green initiatives in the Black Country at Healthier Futures - Greener Black Country