How to dispose of Thermogard Gel Ice Packs

People often ask; “How do I dispose of your gel ice packs?". If you're regularly ordering chilled products to be delivered to you then you might end up with quite a few packs of Thermogard over time.

Thermogard in food delivery box

People are concerned that putting the gel down the drain will clog it up, or the gel will flow into the ocean and damage the environment. Others want to know if they can recycle the plastic casing, as more people are wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.

The safest way to dispose of our Thermogard gel ice packs is very easy and can be done in three simple steps:

  • Step number one: once you are done with your gel ice packs, defrost them and cut open with scissors.
  • Step number two: empty the gel into the trash, you don’t need to worry if the contents touch your skin as this is a non-toxic substance. The gel is made with a SAP (super absorbent polymer) and it is an inert media so does not release harmful gases when in landfill. 
  • Step number three: once the gel has been removed from the bag, give it a good rinse and your plastic casing can be placed in a flexible plastic recycling bin!
Cut open Thermogard   Rinse out plastic
  

NB: If in doubt about whether Thermogard plastic casing can go in your recycling bin, you can check the Thermogard recycling code against your bin requirements. The Thermogard recycling code is Number 7.

The ingredients in Thermogard Gel have actually been used for many years in nurseries as a moisture retention method that absorb water and release it slowly as required. It is a chemically inert product which means it will have no mineral effect to the soil.

Of course, there are always other uses for your Thermogard gel ice packs and you may not have to throw these away! Thermogard gel ice packs can be used over and over again -  we recommend reusing these for picnics, camping trips, sports events, or whenever you need to keep something cool. Our Ice packs last twice as long as bags of ice and are far less messy, with no water leakage or damage to your chilled items.


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Aimee Johnston
Aimee Johnston

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