I just received my first disposal pack for my used Pods, and I noticed that the instructions from Insulet are different than the instructions from FedEx. In their “How to Dispose of Your Pods” instruction sheet, I am told to place the used Pods in the red biohazard bag, put the red bag (clearly marked Caution: Infectious Waste) into the clear FedEx Clinical Pak (their misspelling…not mine), and then to attach the enclosed shipping label to the outside of the FedEx Clinical Pak.
When I look at the FedEx clinical packaging, it says that the pack is a “clear plastic overwrap designed for noninfectious specimens after they are inserted into a sturdy outer container. This is only an overwrap and does not take the place of proper packaging.”
I see two contradictions. First, the red bag says “Infectious waste” and the clear bag says it is for “noninfectious waste.” Secondly, Insulet implies that I should be able to drop the red bag into the FedEx bag, slap a label on it, and ship it. The FedEx bag has illustrations which show the “specimen” being packed into a box which is then inserted into the Clinical Pak overwrap.
Has anyone recycled any Pods yet? Will FedEx accept the package if the red bag is just inserted into the clear plastic Clinic Pak? I do not want to affix the postage-paid label onto the Clinic Pak only to be told by FedEx that I cannot ship “infectious waste” in that manner.
Has anyone had any experience or problems trying to recycle Pods?