How we recycle your blister packs

As the international leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste, TerraCycle has developed a unique recycling supply chain for blister packs in the UK. TerraCycle is the only third-party audited recycler that guarantees all accepted waste will be recycled.
Watch the video to see the TerraCycle Blisterback recycling process in action.

For more information about TerraCycle’s recycling process, click here.

Frequently asked questions

What is TerraCycle® Blisterback?

As the leading recycler of blister packaging in the United Kingdom, TerraCycle®launched TerraCycle Blisterback in 2024, the first platform fully dedicated to empty medicine blister pack recycling solutions across mainland Britain. TerraCycle BlisterBack offers recycling solutions for individuals and households looking for an easy way to recycle, and also for businesses of all sizes interested in offering recycling solutions for empty medicine blister packs for their customers.

What are the TerraCycle® BlisterBack recycling solutions?

TerraCycle BlisterBack provides convenient recycling options for everyone, from individuals and households to businesses of all sizes.

For households:

  • Local public drop-off point: (Coming soon) Locate your nearest public drop-off point using the interactive map (launching soon) and bring your empty medicine blister packs for recycling.
  • Home collection: If no public drop-off points are near you, consider purchasing a Zero Waste Bag. Fill it with your empty blister packs, then drop it off at any of the +5000 available InPost Lockers nationwide.

For businesses

  • Zero Waste Box™: Our Empty Medicine Blister Packs - Zero Waste Box™ is ideal for local businesses (such as pharmacies, retailers, health centers, etc.) looking to offer a convenient recycling solution for empty medicine blister packaging at their location. Simply purchase a Zero Waste Box for empty medicine blister packs on our Zero Waste Box website and set it up in a visible spot at your location. You can list your location as a public drop-off point, which will be added to our interactive map when it's launched, to boost community participation and visibility.

If you are a large retailer, a group of pharmacies, or interested in a partnership, please contact us and we will help you find a solution to meet your needs.

Where can I find a TerraCycle BlisterBack public drop-off location?

Thanks to our dedicated network, we have TerraCycle BlisterBack public drop-off points across mainland Britain. Soon we are launching our interactive map, outlining the drop-off locations near you.

What types of blister packs do you accept?

We accept empty medicine blister packs from all brands. We do not support the collection and recycling of blister packs that still contain medicine. If you have any unopened, unused, and out-of-date medicines, take them back to your local pharmacy and they’ll dispose of them for you.

How does TerraCycle BlisterBack recycle blister packaging?

Once collected, the blister packs are cleaned and separated by material type (plastics and aluminium). The main fractions of plastics and aluminium are then recycled into raw formats that manufacturers use to make new products. Check the blister packs recycling video at the top of the FAQ and this page to learn more about TerraCycle's recycling process.

I am a household and there’s no public drop-off point near me, what can I do? 

We are working hard to expand our network of public drop-off points and free solutions.

In the meantime, you can purchase a Zero Waste Bag to collect and recycle your empty blister packs. Once your bag is full, you can drop it off at one of +5000 InPost Lockers.

If you would like to help us expand our public drop off location network, you can do so by informing local businesses in your area about this initiative and share with them our page dedicated to businesses.

I am a business, can I participate without adding my drop-off location to the map?

Absolutely! When you purchase a Zero Waste Box to set up a recycling station, you don’t need to opt in to make your location publicly available. 

However, if you’re a business and are able to make your location accessible to the public, we encourage you to add your public drop-off location on the map (coming soon) to promote your recycling efforts and boost your impact.

I am a business and would like to sponsor a recycling solution, what can I do? 

There are several ways you can get involved.

  • Purchase a Zero Waste Box™: Our Empty Medicine Blister Packs - Zero Waste Box™ is ideal for local businesses (such as pharmacies, retailers, health centers, etc.) looking for a convenient solution to offer recycling for empty medicine blister packaging at their location. Simply purchase a Zero Waste Box for empty medicine blister packs on our Zero Waste Box website and set it up in a visible spot at your location. You can list your location as a public drop-off point on our interactive map (coming soon) to boost community participation and visibility.

If you are a large retailer, a group of pharmacies, or interested in a partnership, please contact us and we will help you find a solution to meet your needs.

 I am a business, can I purchase a Zero Waste Bag?

Yes, absolutely, just bear in mind that if you do, you will have to drop off your Zero Waste Bag at one of +5000 InPost Lockers. 

If you wish to set up a recycling station in your premises and are expecting large volumes of empty medicine blister packs a Zero Waste Box may be better suited as once your box is full, you can arrange its pick-up using UPS directly from your location. 

Click here if you would like to know more about the difference between Zero Waste Boxes and Zero Waste Bags.

 Where can I access TerraCycle’s solutions to recycle blister packs?

TerraCycle’s recycling solutions are only available in mainland Britain. We don’t operate in Northern Ireland, British Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies (Guernsey Island, Jersey Island, the Isle of Man), the Channel Islands, the Hebrides/Shetland/Orkney Islands and the Isles of Scilly.

If you’re based in Northern Ireland, you can purchase Zero Waste Boxes via sales quotation by contacting us at contact@terracycleblisterback.co.uk. Please note that a delivery charge applies.

I have purchased a Zero Waste Box for empty medicine blister packs and I want to appear on the map. What should I do? 

If you are a business and have already purchased a Zero Waste Box for empty medicine blister packs, please complete our sign-up form so we can review your application. There are some conditions your public drop-off point will need to meet in order to be approved: 

  • Your public drop-off point is not accessible to the public 24/7 (unless supervised) and has set opening hours
  • The Zero Waste Box is not accessible to the public outside opening hours
  • The Zero Waste Box is placed inside your premises and is subject to regular checks by a member of staff to make sure it is properly used and accessed by members of the public.

Please also note that TerraCycle will not be held responsible for any damages caused once the box is delivered to the premises and/or for any misuse of the box.

For any other questions not covered in our FAQ, please contact us.