Waste not: J&J collaborate to launch recycling initiative of medical device packaging


Johnson & Johnson MedTech UK & Ireland has entered a partnership with Yorkshire-based waste management and recycling company, MYGroup, with the aim of increasing the recycling of packaging for its diagnostics and surgical devices used in surgeries and operating theatres across the UK. 

The collaboration will see a range of Johnson & Johnson MedTech packaging in the United Kingdom, including foil for sutures, plastic packets and trays, collected from hundreds of settings and recycled end-to-end by MYGroup at its facilities in Hull, East Yorkshire.  

MYGroup will process the waste material through its state-of-the art separation and recovery processes, with any remaining plastic material being converted into ‘MYBoard™’ – a material similar in consistency to plywood – used for construction, shop fitting and joinery, as well as the manufacture of products for re-sale and use in community settings, such as benches and desks for schools.

Chris Scott, Sustainability Lead for Johnson & Johnson MedTech UK & Ireland, said: 

‘Given the low level of adoption of recycling across operating rooms, we have the opportunity to play a key role in supporting our customers adopt more sustainable practices.  Not only through the recycling solution through our partnership with MYGroup and Resourcify, but also the support for behavioural change required in the operating room, leveraging the power of the hundreds of J&J MedTech field based employees across the UK, who can support education in theatres to ensure successful implementation of schemes such as this.’

To find out more about what sustainability initiatives J&J MedTech is working on, contact Chris here