Equine Inhaler Recycling Program Puts Pharmaceutical Company at Forefront of Sustainability – Horse Racing News


In its ongoing commitment to global sustainability, Boehringer Ingelheim has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle® to create a recycling program for Aservo® Equihaler® (ciclesonide inhalation aerosol). ASERVO EQUIHALER is the world’s first approved inhaled glucocorticoid treatment for horses with severe equine asthma. This program will ensure that the device does not contribute to the growing problem of overcrowded landfills. As an added incentive, for every ASERVO EQUIHALER device returned to TerraCycle, shippers can earn points that can be donated to a nonprofit, school, or charity of their choice.

Participation in the program is free and simple. Veterinarians and horse owners register here, download the prepaid shipping label, affix the label to any box, and ship the empty ASERVO EQUIHALER to TerraCycle. Once collected, the plastic material is melted, granulated and shaped into hard plastic to be used in the creation of new products such as shipping pallets and park benches.

The ASERVO EQUIHALER is designed for a one-time use of 10 days, so it is important to be part of a recycling process. “This product brings great innovation to the equine industry for several reasons,” said Amanda McAvoy, USA Equine Business Manager. “This is the first inhaled glucocorticoid treatment approved for horses with severe equine asthma, it is made from up to 50% recycled materials and can now be recycled thanks to this collaboration with TerraCycle. We are proud to continue to be part of the team dedicated to equine health care.

“Globally, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to other sustainability practices such as the BE GREEN – Future by Choice program which encompasses water management, renewable energy use and overall energy consumption,” McAvoy said. “We are thrilled that the equine team in the United States can align with this global commitment.”

“The ASERVO EQUIHALER recycling program is a great example of a targeted waste stream that has enormous potential to do great things for both animal health and sustainability in the veterinary industry,” said Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder of TerraCycle. “TerraCycle’s partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim marks an exciting opportunity to engage horse enthusiasts, animal lovers and veterinarians with sustainability in a way that has never been done before.”

The ASERVO EQUIHALER recycling program is open to any interested horse owner or veterinary practice.