The Truth About Meal-Kit Freezer Packs
Many meal delivery companies direct you to throw away the frozen goo inside their cold packs. I say try to let it air dry first to take up less landfill space. Spill the bag’s contents out onto a baking sheet first and let it dry out overnight, then put it in the trash. Perhaps you could reuse one of these bags as an ice pack when a little one is hurt or when you have a headache or backache.
- Wet cardboard can damage machines used at most recycling facilities, so keep them dry if you want to be able to recycle them.
- Chemical safety data sheets for sodium polyacrylate note it will likely irritate your eyes if it gets in them.
- Unfortunately, bubble wrap cannot be tossed in your bin with the rest of your recyclables because it can jam machinery at the recycling facility.
- Blue Apron has a take-back program, but the company won’t say whether it’s actually reusing any of the freezer packs it’s taking back—or simply storing them in a warehouse.
Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin? Some companies say that you may be able to use the liquid contents as a plant fertilizer. This does sound pretty great but be wary of it unless you find out exactly what the contents are.
If the manufacturer’s name is printed on the pack, you could try contacting them to request the ingredients. But if you get no response and decide to try it anyway, I’d recommend diluting the goo with water and trying it on a plant you’re not so fond of as a trial. Otherwise, the cold pack gel is not recyclable, so dispose of it in the trash. Order Ice Packs from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours. Each of the items packed into your delivery will need to be properly disposed of or reused.
The company may have good intentions but recycling rules and requirements differ by location. Know how your local recycling program works and follow the local recycling guidance. You can get Ice Packs products delivered same-day in as fast as one hour from stores near you using the Instacart app or website.
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Nearly all meal delivery companies tell you to reuse their freezer bags for personal use. The appliance works harder to cool air than already frozen items, so filling up all space in your freezer is a good practice to minimize your energy use. We encourage you to pressure your food delivery service to take responsibility for the cold packs and other packaging waste they produce. If enough customers voice their concerns, it can make a difference. The meal-kit companies’ online guides to recycling packaging are not especially helpful. Many blithely suggest that customers store old gel packs in their freezers for future use.
It’s commonly used for plastic bags, squeezable condiment holders, cling wrap and other similar products. Meal delivery kit companies like to point out this film plastic is recyclable. Ask around at your local food bank, churches, schools, pre-schools, Meals on Wheels, and any other organization near you that prepares and moves food.
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In fact, most curbside recycling programs don’t accept the material. To properly recycle film plastic, you have to empty it out, rinse it, and let it dry. Then, you can bring it to a specialty drop-off location at a grocer or retailer. It only took one neatly packed box of ingredients dropped on my doorstep for me to become a meal delivery kit convert.
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If you are ever unsure of what to do with something that came in your delivery, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer and ask how each item can be recycled or reused. Most packages will also come with a few marketing materials to persuade you to buy other products from their line. Most online deliveries are shipped in cardboard boxes, which can definitely be recycled at your local center. Before putting it in the bin, break down the box so it lays flat. Boxes that have not been flattened are very difficult to transport, and can waste space in your bin, leaving you with no room to put anything else.