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Every year in the UK around 23 million pre-filled injection pen devices are incinerated or sent to landfills, which is not sustainable and until now, there has not been a viable recycling alternative

is a first-of-its-kind initiative that has been designed to address the challenge of recycling injection pen devices, used by people living with diabetes, obesity and growth disorders, that otherwise end up in landfills.

The pilot initiative alone aims to recycle over 150,000 plastic pre-filled injection pen devices, ensuring over two tonnes of plastic materials is diverted from UK landfill.

As part of the initiative, users will be able to recycle their empty pre-filled devices. Recycling can be done at participating community pharmacies.


As a central point of care, community pharmacists like yours will be key to the success of PenCycle.

If you are practising in one of the pilot areas (Greater Manchester, Leicestershire & Rutland, and Greater Glasgow & Clyde) and you want to help your patients in recycling their pens.

You can sign up here


PenCycle will be available in other areas across UK later this year

You can watch this video as well to get an introduction to the PenCycle process and supporting materials.

On signing up, your pharmacy will receive a welcome pack containing:

  • 25 information leaflets to introduce the initiative to people who use pre-filled Novo Nordisk pens
  • A poster for your pharmacy to help advertise your participation
  • 64 stickers you can use as reminders in-store or on materials for pen users
  • A self-adhesive envelope to attach your waste collection barcode to your PenCycle recycling bin (details below)
  • PenCycle return boxes that can be placed on your countertop to help advertise your participation and build awareness among pen users. This unit will contain 25 flat-packed return boxes that pen users can take and use to collect their empty pens at home
  • A blue PenCycle recycling bin for collecting full return boxes behind your counter

These materials are provided completely free of charge by Novo Nordisk and can be ordered from our partner organisation Alliance Healthcare.

PenCycle is completely free of charge.

By helping your patients returning their pens, a process that takes only a few minutes you will be helping in delivering an impact that lasts for years.

Every pen you return to us will be reclaimed and repurposed.

Every pen you return will avoid ending up in a landfill or being incinerated.

Laura Sims, Head of Membership for the National Pharmacy Association said: “We’re pleased to be supporting the PenCycle collaboration, and helping our members understand the benefits of the pilot scheme and how to take part. Community pharmacies dispense more than a billion prescription items each year and can greatly increase sustainability through recycling.”

This content has been developed and sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Approval Code: UK22NNG00017

Preparation Date: March 2022