Medical Coolers Get New Life with Mail Back Program


Medical coolers, which maintain critical temperatures for health care products, are getting a new life thanks to a mail back recycling program.

Medical coolers are commonly made with foam #6 to provide insulation for medications and vaccines during transit to hospitals, clinics and medical offices across the country.

In efforts to recycle these important tools, JML Recycling expanded its recycling program to offer an innovative mail back option. The program is simple: each medical cooler arrives with a pre-paid shipping label for easy return to a recycling facility.

JML Recycling partners primarily with biomedical and pharmaceutical companies for the mail back program, and currently receives up to 3,500 medical coolers a day. Return shipping costs are low due to foam’s lightweight properties, providing an economical and environmentally responsible method for recycling the coolers.