Follow our guide to learn proper disposal methods for you bulk gel packs!

How To Properly Dispose of Cold Gel Packs

Cold gel packs are a common item used in the cold chain to ship food, pharmaceuticals, and other items that require a certain temperature to remain viable. For example, frozen food, dairy products, and other perishables that require refrigeration need to be kept at a safe temperature during transit. Cold gel packs can also be used to provide localized cooling for injuries such as sports injuries, bruises and sprains, as well as chronic pain conditions such as migraines or arthritis.

The gel ice packs can be frozen or heated depending on the desired effect and are typically placed directly onto the skin or in a cloth wrap. Cold gel packs stay colder and provide a safe and effective form of localized temperature therapy, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as pain medications or physical therapy. However, once they have served their purpose, it is important to dispose of them properly.

Here are some tips on how to properly dispose of ice packs.

Check the packaging

Before disposing of a leak proof cold pack, it is important to check the packaging for any specific instructions regarding disposal. Depending on the type of gel pack, it may be able to be reused for future cold storage purposes or it may need to be discarded in the trash.

If no instructions are provided, it is best to err on the side of caution and discard the gel pack. Also, the gel pack should be disposed of in a proper manner, such as placing it in a sealed plastic bag before putting it in the trash.

Drain the gel

If the gel pack is disposable, it is important to drain the gel first. This can usually be done by cutting a small hole in the pack and allowing the gel to drain into a container. Once the gel has been removed, the pack can be thrown away.

Recycle the packaging

If the frozen gel pack packaging is recyclable, be sure to recycle it properly. Check your local recycling guidelines to see if the packaging is accepted in your area.

Dispose of non-recyclable packaging in the trash

If the cold pack packaging is not recyclable, it should be disposed of in the trash. Be sure to seal the packaging in a plastic bag before throwing it away to prevent the gel from leaking out.

Check with your local waste management

If you are unsure of how to properly dispose of frozen gel packs in your area, check with your local waste management agency. They may have specific guidelines or disposal programs in place for these items. Our non-toxic formula is safe for the environment and is easily disposed of by emptying the contents into the garbage

In summary, it is important to properly dispose of cold gel packs to prevent them from causing harm to the environment or wildlife. By following these simple tips, you can dispose of cold gel packs in an environmentally friendly way.

Ice Cold Gel Packs is the leading supplier of safe, non-toxic gel packs. Our cold warehouses in Los Angeles and Dallas, Texas provide cold storage space for your perishable products. Our cold transport products are used worldwide to protect the integrity of foods and pharmaceuticals in transit.

Our cold gel packs for shipping come in numerous sizes and are also available in custom sizes. Click here to view our gallery of stock sizes, or email us to discuss your business’s specific needs.

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