At present the scheme is not centrally funded. NHS Trusts and pharmacies can pay to have dedicated recycling containers for inhalers installed across their hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings.
Once collected, inhalers will be processed at Grundon’s specialist recycling facility in Oxfordshire, which is capable of handling more than 200,000 inhalers a day. The scheme captures the HFC gases from metered dose inhalers and repurposes them for use in the refrigeration industry. Plastic and aluminium from the inhaler devices will also be recycled.