The Medicine Packet Recycling Programme

Recycle your empty medicine blister packets through this programme

Participating locations
13
Available locations
387

How to participate

You can recycle your empty medicine blister packets in 2 different ways:

  1. By dropping them off at a public drop-off location
  2. By setting up your own public drop-off location (registered pharmacies only)

For all information on how to join this programme, please take a look at the "How It Works" section further down the page.

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Important!

If you are a collector and there isn't a public drop-off location near you yet, we encourage you to check if your local pharmacy would be interested in setting up a public drop-off location.

Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations
Find nearest public drop-off location

This map is constantly being updated

Check out all participating pharmacies on the interactive map above.

How it works

There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) Drop off your empty medicine blister packets at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest participating Superdrug pharmacy or local pharmacy on the interactive map above and drop off your empty medicine blister packets during their opening hours.

2) For registered pharmacies only: Set up a public drop-off location at your pharmacy

If there are no public drop-off locations nearby, registered UK pharmacies can apply to be added to the public drop-off location map above by following these steps:

  1. Create a TerraCycle® account
  2. Make sure you are authorised by the person responsible of the pharmacy to open a public drop-off location at your chosen address.
  3. Fill out this form to request to join the programme as a public drop-off location administrator.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.


Once your pharmacy has been confirmed as a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location) and when you are ready to send a parcel, please follow these steps:

  1. Empty the contents of your collection box into a cardboard box suitable for transit and pack securely. (Please make sure you use a sturdy cardboard box which is no larger than 60x60x50cm in size.)
  2. Download a free UPS label from your account
  3. Print your label out
  4. Attach your label to your parcel.
  5. ​Simply book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online via this link. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here.

Important: Please do not use your branded collection box to return your collected waste to us, this is provided for collection purposes only.

 

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the empty blister packets are separated by polymer type and cleaned (if necessary). The material is then extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Rewards

This programme offers 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of empty medicine blister packets​ sent. 

For example:

500 grams = 50 TerraCycle® points
1 kilogram = 100 TerraCycle® points
2.5 kilograms = 250 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators only as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.

Resources

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUSCOPAN® AND DULCOLAX®

Terracycle® has partnered with healthcare brands Buscopan® and Dulcolax® to create a free recycling programme for any empty medicine blister packets. Sanofi Consumer Healthcare will be first to market in the UK with this sustainability initiative which will enable billions of medicine blister packs to be recycled. The programme addresses key concerns that 53%* of people are “very concerned” about plastic waste and 76%** concerned “more than a year ago” .
* Survey based on 484 people
** Survey based on 466 people

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