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How to Dispose of Cold Ice Packs

By Meredith Burgio ; Updated July 27, 2017

Cold ice packs can be used to keep food cold in coolers and to add ice to sports injuries. Today, many cold ice packs are nontoxic and made from durable material. However, older models of cold ice packs may need to be disposed of safely because they contain hazardous ingredients such as ammonia nitrate, which can be harmful to the environment. If you are unsure of the toxicity of the contents, do not pour them down the drain. Instead, dispose of the damaged cold ice pack in a way that is not harmful to the environment.

Cut the pack open with scissors.

Pour the contents into the bucket.

Fill the bucket with water.

Pour the bucket over your grass or garden. It will help with water retention.

Wash your hands. You don't want to accidentally consume any of the cold ice pack's contents.

Tip

You may not need to mix the contents with water. However, it is safer to dilute the contents if there is a high concentration of toxic chemicals.

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