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How to Recycle Your Old Breast Pump

How to properly recycle a breast pump in 1 simple step and make a difference in the breastfeeding journey of another mother.

I recently found my bag of breastfeeding gear tucked in the back of a closet collecting dust. I've considered donating it but can I do that? Is it sanitary? How?


The universe must have heard my inquiry because I just discovered that the gold standard in breast pumps, Medela, launched a program late last year called Medela Recycles to properly recycle personal-use pumps.

Here's how to recycle a breast pump:
Visit to print out a pre-paid postage label to ship your used pump back to Medela where it will be properly recycled. And that's it. Really, it's that simple.

As part of the campaign, Medela will donate two brand new Symphony Preemie+ Breastpumps and breastfeeding supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country in exchange for the pumps they receive through the recycling program. The end goal is to provide NICU mothers with the same high-quality equipment they use at the hospital during their stay at a Ronald McDonald House.

The simple act of recycling an old breast pump through Medela Recycles provides peace of mind that your pump will be recycled with the added benefit of knowing its providing much-needed support to another mother beginning her breastfeeding journey during a difficult time. The inspiration for the program came from a concerned, eco-conscious mom who started a petition on calling on Medela to implement a recycling program to prevent used breast pumps from landing in landfills. It worked!

To date, there have been over 1,500 pumps recycled through the program as Medela strives to meet a goal of 12,000 recycled pumps this year.

Cool, right? Gotta love those win/win situations.