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Let’s keep sensor kits out of landfills

We’ve launched a short-term pilot program. Send us your used sensor kits for FREE to help us identify the most effective solution for collecting and keeping them out of landfills.

 

Order

your FREE shipping bag at AbbottStore.com.

Fill

your bag with 6 used sensor kits. Make sure to put cap back on prior to placing in the bag. Attach included postage-paid shipping label.

Ship

your sealed bag from any UPS®
drop-off location.

What happens next?

Your used sensor kits will be shipped to a special waste-to-energy facility where they will be transformed into renewable energy!

Ready to get started?

 

This pilot program is part of Abbott’s broader approach to protecting the environment. We're working across our operations and with key suppliers to sustainably manage our water use and address climate change by reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy. We’re also designing our products to be more sustainable by reducing plastic and packaging. You can learn more about these initiatives here.

FAQs

How do I participate in the pilot program?

You can get started by ordering a free shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot. Once the bag is received in the mail, fill it with 6 used sensors, sensor applicators, and sensor packs. Make sure to put the cap back on the sensor applicator prior to placing in the bag. Seal the bag and attach the enclosed postage-paid shipping label. Return your shipping back to any UPS drop-off location. If you do not have a UPS location close by, you can mail your bag from your nearest USPS mailbox or post office location. Once shipped, another shipping bag may be ordered from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot.

Do I have to pay to participate in the pilot program?

The pilot program is available at no cost to you. You can get started by ordering a free shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot.

Where can I obtain a shipping bag?

You can order a shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot.

How many used sensor kits can be sent back at a time?

Each shipping bag can contain 6 used sensor kits, or around 3 months’ supply of used sensors, sensor applicators, and sensor packs. We encourage you to only ship your bag when it is full to reduce packaging, ensure efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact of transportation.

Can I include my other used diabetes products in the shipping bag?

Only include used sensor kits in the shipping bag. Please do not include sharps or medical waste as they cannot be accepted by our take-back program.

Why clean my used sensor kits before shipping them?

As used sensor kit components may have been exposed to bodily fluids, you may clean the components prior to placing them in the shipping bag.

How do I clean my used sensor kit components?

You may clean your used sensor kit components by wiping them using a cloth dampened with a mixture of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water.

How many shipping bags can I order at a time?

The pilot program is a limited offering. Please order one shipping bag at a time.

What should I do if I never received a shipping bag in the mail?

We are sorry for the inconvenience. You can order another shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot while supplies last, or contact Abbott Store Customer Service for help.

What should I do if the shipping bag I received has a hole in it?

We are sorry for the inconvenience. You can order another shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot while supplies last, or contact Abbott Store Customer Service for help.

What should I do if I lost my shipping bag?

You can order another shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot.

How often should I order a new shipping bag?

We recommend that you order 1 bag every 3 months. You may place up to 6 used sensor kits (or around 3 months' supply of used sensors, sensor applicators, and sensor packs) into one bag. We encourage you to ship when your bag is full to reduce packaging, ensure efficiency, and reduce the environmental impact of transportation.

How can I obtain a shipping bag if the website says they are out of stock?

We have a limited supply of shipping bags for the pilot program. Please check back later. If or when inventory is back in stock, the “Add to Cart” button will be blue.

Can I send back my old reader in my shipping bag?

Please only include used sensor kits in the shipping bag. We do not offer a used reader return program at
this time.

Where can I ship my bag when full?

Ship your sealed bag by bringing it to any UPS drop-off location. If you do not have a UPS location close by, you can mail your bag from your nearest USPS mailbox or post office location.

Can I use my own bag to ship my used sensor kits?

Our bags have been thoroughly tested to withstand the shipping process. Please order and use an Abbott shipping bag from AbbottStore.com/sensor-kit-take-back-pilot.

How can I dispose of my used sensor kits after the pilot is over?

We are looking forward to introducing a program for keeping used sensor kits out of landfills once the pilot is completed. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

How can I keep my used sensor kits out of landfills if the pilot program isn’t available to me?

Thank you for your interest in the take-back pilot. We are looking forward to introducing a program for keeping used sensor kits out of landfills once the pilot is completed. We will provide more information when it becomes available.

Will the pilot program become available in my country?

Thank you for your interest in the take-back pilot. We are looking forward to introducing a program for keeping used sensor kits out of landfills once the pilot is completed. We will provide more information on launch timing for specific countries when that information becomes available. Until then, please continue to dispose of your used sensor kits in accordance with your local rules and regulations.

Does the pilot program have an end date?

The pilot program is intended to run between 6 months to one year. We will let you know in advance of the pilot program ending.

Where are my used sensor kits sent for disposal?

Used sensor kits are shipped to our partnering waste-to-energy facilities where they are processed and converted
into energy.

What is waste-to-energy?

Waste-to-energy is the process of converting waste materials into electricity and heat, generating a renewable energy source. Waste-to-energy reduces carbon emissions by offsetting the need for energy from fossil sources and reducing methane generation from landfills.

www.epa.gov/smm/energy-recovery-combustion-municipal-solid-waste-msw#EnergyRecovery

Why can I ship my used sensor kits if they contain a sharp?

Sensor applicators contain a needle which retracts during the sensor application process to fully encapsulate the sharp. Please make sure to put the cap back on the sensor applicator prior to placing in the shipping bag.

Why are you offering a pilot program?

The pilot program will help us learn and identify the most effective solution for collecting used sensor kits and keeping them out of landfills.

Why waste-to-energy instead of recycling?

Sensor kits are made from multiple materials and are not designed for easy disassembly, and Abbott wanted to find a way to keep them out of landfills quickly. We are working on a solution that will allow used sensor kits to be recycled, which we hope will be available soon.

What are the environmental benefits of waste-to-energy?

Waste-to-energy decreases the volume of solid waste destined for landfills and can recover energy from the waste burning process. This generates a renewable energy source and reduces carbon emissions by offsetting the need for energy from fossil sources and reducing methane generation from landfills.

www.epa.gov/smm/energy-recovery-combustion-municipal-solid-waste-msw#EnergyRecovery

Isn’t burning waste bad for the environment?

Confined and controlled burning can decrease the volume of solid waste destined for landfills and recover energy from the waste burning process. This generates a renewable energy source and reduces carbon emissions by offsetting the need for energy from fossil sources and reducing methane generation from landfills.

www.epa.gov/smm/energy-recovery-combustion-municipal-solid-waste-msw#EnergyRecovery

How much ash is generated by waste-to-energy?

After energy is recovered, the amount of ash generated ranges from 15-25 percent (by weight) and from 5-15 percent (by volume) of the original waste processed.

www.epa.gov/smm/energy-recovery-combustion-municipal-solid-waste-msw#EnergyRecovery

Do I get anything in return for sending back my used sensor kits?

There is not currently a rewards program for participating in the pilot. By sending back your used sensor kits, you can transform your used sensor kits into energy and help keep plastic waste out of landfills.

Does Abbott make money by turning my used sensor kits into energy?

No. Abbott does not generate a profit by turning your used sensor kits into energy. It actually costs us money to run this program. Abbott's commitment to sustainability and the environment makes the investment worthwhile.

Indications and Important Safety Information

FreeStyle Libre 14 day system: The FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device indicated for the management of diabetes in persons age 18 and older. It is designed to replace blood glucose testing for diabetes treatment decisions. The System detects trends and tracks patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments. Interpretation of the System readings should be based on the glucose trends and several sequential readings over time. The System is intended for single patient use and requires a prescription.CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment. WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The FreeStyle Libre 14 day system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The FreeStyle Libre 14 day system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.FreeStyleLibre.us for detailed indications for use and safety information. For full indications for use and safety information, see more here.

FreeStyle Libre 2 system: The FreeStyle Libre 2 Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device with real time alarms capability indicated for the management of diabetes in persons age 4 and older.* WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS*: The System must not be used with automated insulin dosing (AID) systems, including closed loop and insulin suspend systems. Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment. Do not take high doses of vitamin C (more than 500 mg per day), as this may falsely raise your Sensor readings. Failure to use the System according to the instructions for use may result in missing a severe low blood glucose or high blood glucose event and/or making a treatment decision that may result in injury. If glucose alarms and readings from the System do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick blood glucose value to make diabetes treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate and contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit www.FreeStyleLibre.us* for detailed indications for use and safety information.

* Please refer to www.FreeStyleLibre.us for the indications and important safety information.

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