How to Dispose of Freezer Gel Packs [A Quick Guide]

Do you have a lot of gel packs in your freezer that you don’t need? You may have built a collection without realizing it over time, or you’ve placed orders from several food kit services, and they’ve started to build up.

When it comes to how to dispose of freezer gel packs, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, these packs contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. Secondly, how you dispose of them will depend on where you live. This blog post will discuss how to dispose of freezer gel packs depending on your location.

Freezer Gel Packs
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How to Dispose of Freezer Gel Packs?

Below are the steps to dispose of Gel Ice packs the right way!

1. Determine What Kind of Gel Ice Pack You Have

The first thing you should do is figure out the sort of gel ice pack you have and what kind of stuff it’s made of. The treatment procedure may vary depending on the substance inside. Ice packs come in a variety of forms and applications.

Water ice is a wonderful option for first-aid packs because it’s less bulky and toxic than actual ice, and you can easily toss them in the garbage since they don’t include any hazardous materials. There are also reusable ice packs available. Different types of these ice packs contain various ingredients. These ice packs might sometimes be made with water combined with a supplementary ingredient to help them keep their chilly temperature longer.

2. Get Rid of the Gel Inside the Gel Ice Pack

The next step is to remove the gel or other liquid within the gel ice pack. Although it’s not the most environmentally friendly method of disposing of gel ice packs, you may discard them all at once in a garbage bin. They’ll add to landfills’ already overflowing garbage bins.

If the ice pack is filled with only water, cut a corner of it and let the water run into the sink. Drain the liquid into your normal garbage bin if the ice pack contains anything other than plain water. Do not pour this liquid down your sink or drain since it can block your pipes and create further issues.

Pour the gel into a tray if you want to go even further toward being environmentally friendly. The gel will eventually dry and shrink in size as it dries. You may throw it away when it has entirely dried, just as you did before. This time, it will be simpler to handle because it takes up less room in your garbage bin and landfills.

3. Rinse the Plastic Cover of the Ice Pack

Now you must deal with the polyethylene cover of the gel ice pack. You may also toss the plastic in the garbage, but that isn’t always the most reliable option. After rinsing away any remaining gel or water from the plastic cover, wash it with water to remove any traces. Then dry the plastic surface using a towel. Finally, recycle it.

4. Recycle the Clean Plastic Cover of the Gel Ice Pack

The last step is to recycle the plastic cover of your gel ice pack. Recycling centers can handle this type of plastic more efficiently than general garbage bins. Locate a recycling center in your area that accepts this type of plastic and take it there.

Cover of the Gel Ice Pack
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Is the Gel or Liquid Inside Gel Ice Packs Dangerous?

The gel or liquid inside of gel ice packs can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. The substance is usually a non-toxic material, but it can still harm the environment.

How to Make Your Gel Ice Packs at Home?

If you want to be more environmentally friendly, you can make your gel ice packs at home. All you need is a little water and some time in the freezer!

What You’ll Need

  • A cup or container
  • Water
  • Freezer


Fill your cup or container with water and place it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, remove your frozen pack of ice and enjoy! You can add fruit juices, herbs, or flavors to your water before freezing it to create exciting and unique flavored ice cubes!


Now you know how to dispose of your gel ice packs properly! Be sure to recycle the plastic cover and wash it before doing so. You can also make your gel ice packs at home with just a little water and some time in the freezer.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how to dispose of freezer gel packs. We would be happy to help! Thank you for reading!


Can I pour the gel down the drain?

You should not pour the gel down the drain as it can block your pipes.

Can I put the gel in the garbage can?

Yes, you can put the gel in the garbage can. However, you should double-bag it to prevent leaks. 

Can I recycle the gel packs?

Some recycling centers will accept gel packs. However, you should check with your local center to see if they do.

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