Boehringer Ingelheim Aservo Equihaler Now Recyclable

Aservo Equihaler, the first approved inhaled glucocorticoid treatment for horses with severe equine asthma, can now be recycled.
Aservo Equihaler closeup
Aservo Equihaler is the first approved inhaled glucocorticoid treatment for horses with severe equine asthma, it is made from up to 50% recycled materials, and it is now able to be recycled through a collaboration with TerraCycle, said Amanda McAvoy, head of U.S. equine business. Photo courtesy Boehringer Ingelheim

In its continuing commitment to global sustainability, Boehringer Ingelheim has partnered with international recycling leader TerraCycle® to create a recycling program for Aservo® Equihaler® (ciclesonide inhalation spray). Aservo Equihaler is the world’s first approved inhalant glucocorticoid therapy for horses suffering from severe equine asthma. This program will ensure the device will not contribute to the increasing problem of overcrowded landfills. As an additional incentive, for every Aservo Equihaler device returned to TerraCycle, senders can earn points which can be donated to a non-profit, school or charitable organization of their choice.

Participation in the program is free and simple. Veterinarians and horse owners sign up at:, 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 down, pelletized and shaped into hard plastic to be used in creating new products such as shipping pallets and park benches.

The Aservo Equihaler is designed for single, 10-day usage, making it important to be part of a recycling process. “This product is bringing great innovation to the equine industry for multiple reasons,” said Amanda McAvoy, Head of U.S. Equine Business. “It’s the first approved inhaled glucocorticoid treatment for horses with severe equine asthma, it is made from up to 50% recycled materials and is now able to be recycled through this collaboration with TerraCycle. We’re proud to continue being part of the team that is devoted to equine health care.”

“On the global level, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to other sustainability practices such as the BE GREEN – Future by Choice Program that encompasses water stewardship, use of renewable energies and overall reductions in energy usage,” said McAvoy. “We are excited that the equine team in the U.S. can align with this global commitment.”

“The Aservo Equihaler Recycling Program is a great example of a targeted waste stream that has huge potential to do great things both for 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 hasn’t been done before.”

The Aservo Equihaler Recylcing Program is open to any interested individual horse owner or veterinary practice.

ASERVO EQUIHALER IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Aservo Equihaler has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating mares. In a large clinical field study, the most common adverse reactions reported were coughing, nasal discharge, sneezing and nasal irritation/bleeding. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, pet owners, producers, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and livestock. 

As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of the family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. The lives of animals and humans are interconnected in deep and complex ways. We know that when animals are healthy, humans are healthier too. By using the synergies between our Animal Health and Human Pharma businesses and by delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both. 

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has deep roots in the U.S. From a start in St. Joseph, Missouri, more than 100 years ago, it has grown to encompass seven sites. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health’s portfolio contains widely used and well-respected vaccines, parasite-control products and therapeutics for pets, horses and livestock including NexGard®, Heartgard®, Pyramid®+ Presponse®, VAXXITEK, CircoFLEX® and Prascend®. 

Learn more about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA at

About TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an innovative waste management company with a mission to eliminate the idea of waste. Operating nationally across 21 countries, TerraCycle partners with leading consumer product companies, retailers and cities to recycle products and packages, from dirty diapers to cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up being landfilled or incinerated. In addition, TerraCycle works with leading consumer product companies to integrate hard to recycle waste streams, such as ocean plastic, into their products and packaging. Its new division, Loop, is the first shopping system that gives consumers a way to shop for their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. TerraCycle has won over 200 awards for sustainability and has donated over $44 million to schools and charities since its founding more than 15 years ago and was named #10 in Fortune magazine’s list of 52 companies Changing the World. To learn more about TerraCycle or get involved in its recycling programs, please visit

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