Transparency at our core

The only blister pack recycling program in Australia that provides a full recycling solution from start to finish.

400+

Collection points

Active collection points for consumer drop-offs

27M

Blister packs

The number of blister packs recycling since July 2022

100%

Diverted from landfill

Percentage of material collected that is diverted from landfill

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Our solutions

Pharmacy
Healthcare
Households
Pharmacy

Become a sustainable pharmacy

Engage your community and staff with a unique recycling option for blister packs

Healthcare

Achieve your facility's zero waste goals

Service options and education material tailored to your specific needs

Households

Your way to a plastic free household

Our pre-paid satchel puts the power in you hands, making it easy for you to recycle blister packs from the comfort of your home.

Our expertise

Collection

Pharmacycle strives to have the most accessible blister pack recycling program in Australia.

Logistics

We have worked hard with our logistics partners to ensure material can be collected efficiently and in a safe manner.

Separation

With ownership of recycling technology we ensure that there is no stockpiling and all material is processed right here in Australia.

Recycling

Pharmacycle has partnerships with trusted local manufacturers who use our recovered materials to substitute virgin resources.

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Make your first sustainable step

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Pharmacycle?

Pharmacycle is Australia’s first and only end to end recycling program for household and commercial medicinal blister pack waste.

It is the quick and easy way to recycle empty medicinal blister packs. Best of all, it’s completely FREE to drop off at a participating pharmacy. You can find your nearest drop off location here.

How is Pharmacycle funded?

Pharmacycle is a voluntary recycling program, funded by participating pharmacies, industry sponsors and government organisations.

Why is Pharmacycle unique?

Pharmacycle is a complete end-to-end solution for the recycling of medicinal blister packs. Pharmacycle manages all of the collection, logistics and processing of blister packs, providing full transparency and traceability.

Using specialised recycling technology, located right here in Australia, Pharmacycle ensures that blister packs collected for recycling are actually recycled.

What happens to the blister packs after collection?

Collected blister packs are transported to our processing facility located in Sydney.

Each box or bag received at our processing facility is checked in and weighed allowing us to track and report on performance across our network of public drop off locations and participating organisations.

Once weights have been recorded, the contents of full boxes/bags are emptied onto a sorting table for a visual quality control check.

Any contamination, such as residual medication still in packaging, paperboard packaging, or non-accepted packaging is removed and managed accordingly (recycled where possible). Any residual medication that is identified is removed and placed in a sealed container, which when full is sent to an appropriately licenced facility for disposal.

The empty blister packs are then put through a series of mechanical recycling processes to separate the aluminium foil/seal from the plastic blister. The steps include shredding, grinding, air-density separation, and finally electrostatic separation.

Once separated the aluminium and plastic material is kept in bulk bags until enough material is ready to be sent to end-users.

Why do we need Pharmacycle?

When it comes to items that Australians wished they could recycle, blister packs top the list. However, as blister packs are made of different materials, including plastic and aluminium, they cannot be recycled through kerbside recycling.

This means that every year, hundreds of millions of blister packs are either sent to landfill or incorrectly placed into kerbside recycling, contaminating other materials streams.

For blister packs to be recycled, they first need to be collected in sufficient volumes to warrant the use of specialised recycling technology. Pharmacycle provides the mechanism to achieve this, making the wish to recycle blister packs a reality.

Australia's only complete blister pack recycling solution
hello@pharmacycle.com.au
1800 344 003

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