PenCycle Recycling Initiative

Community Pharmacy PenCycle recycling initiative launched in Greater Manchester

Novo Nordisk launches first-of-its-kind recycling initiative, PenCycle, to reduce plastic devices entering UK landfills by up to 1.1 million in the next year.

Greater Manchester Community Pharmacies have been selected as one of 3 pilot areas in the country to participate in this pilot to recycle insulin pens in partnership with Novo Nordisk,  Alliance Healthcare and other partners.

PenCycle is a circular recycling initiative for pre-filled Novo Nordisk pens used for diabetes and weight management treatments. They are asking pen users to return their empty pens so they can be recycled and given new purpose. 23 Million empty pens go to waste every year and this initiative will support environmental sustainability and reduce waste.

Greater Manchester Community Pharmacies have been selected as a pilot area to participate in this pilot to recycle insulin pens in partnership with the Novo Nordisk, Alliance Healthcare, NPA and other partners.

This is a ground-breaking, innovative pilot which will be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference next week which will include an update on Greater Manchester Community Pharmacy participation.

PenCycle will not only help reduce waste and advance the sustainability agenda of community pharmacy, it will also be supporting the transition of the UK health sector and helping achieve the NHS’ critical environmental targets.

The pilot initiative will launch initially across Greater Manchester, Leicestershire & Rutland, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde, ahead of a planned national roll-out next year.

Users of Novo Nordisk’s pre-filled FlexPen® and FlexTouch® devices, used to dispense insulin and other medications, will be able to recycle their empty pens as part of this initiative. This can be done through returning their pens via local participating community pharmacies. A welcome pack, materials and a returns box  will be provided free of charge by Alliance Healthcare who will also collect the returns box when full.


PenCycle launch webinar

A webinar was held last week to announce the launch of PenCycle. If you missed the webinar you can register to watch it on demand. Click here to view the webinar


Sign Up

Click here to sign up to the PenCycle Recycling Initiative

You will then receive a expression of interest letter from Alliance Healthcare by post, followed by a phone call to register your interest to join.​

Further information is available on the PenCycle Homepage



A range of resources have been published alongside the launch of the scheme. Please click the links below to view these:

Click here to download and view the animation