If there’s a recycling symbol on a product package, you should be able to recycle it. Here are general guidelines for recyclable Medtronic materials in the United States, but please check for guidance in your local area (since this could vary.)
You can recycle:
- User guides and other printed materials made from paper
- Product packaging, including the outer plastic carton for infusion sets and reservoirs
- Product boxes, including InPen™ smart pen containers and cardboard insulin pump boxes
- Product shipping boxes made from cardboard
Although it would be nice to be able to give away unexpired and unused supplies, remember that a valid prescription is required to use these products. Some charitable organizations can help navigate the donation process, one of which is the CR3 Diabetes Association, Inc. You can also discuss donations with your doctor’s office or pharmacy.
Needles should be disposed of in a sharps container (or alternate that can’t be easily punctured). This includes products with combined serters that include the needle, such as MiniMed™ Mio™ Advance infusion set.
Unfortunately, many components of Medtronic devices are considered “mixed waste” or “electronic waste” and can’t be recycled. This could range from an out-of-warranty continuous glucose monitor (CGM) transmitter to an InPen™ smart insulin pen. As a rule of thumb, these should be placed in an electronic waste bin.
If you’re interested in donating an insulin pump that you’re not using anymore, you need to provide a letter of donation to the person receiving the donation. Your pump will be replaced by a recertified pump (with a 2-year warranty) for them, and they will be charged $495. To learn more, call 1-800-646-4633, option 5 (Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm Central Time).
Please keep in mind that you cannot donate a CGM transmitter. If you receive a new transmitter, dispose of your old transmitter at a local certified battery recycling center.