Recycle your oral care products
What do you do with your toothbrush or tube of toothpaste when it needs replacing?
I suspect you just throw it in the trash.
You are not alone, millions do because there is little in the way of other options.
Your local district may offer kerbside recycling or have local recycling centers, but finding a way to get rid of these products is difficult, because the plastics and materials used in toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste and other dental health products are hard to dispose of.
Even Recyclenow indirectly says you are probably going to have to throw your toothpaste tube in the bin.
However, things are changing, thanks to Colgate.
They have teamed up with Terracycle, an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste.
Together they have launched a completely free recycling program for oral care products and packaging.
You can now recycle your toothbrush.
You can now recycle toothpaste tubes.
You can now recycle electric toothbrush brush heads.
How it works
Rather than throwing away your toothbrush and empty tube of toothpaste, you can recycle it.
The process is really simple.
You join the recycling program.
You collect the products to be recycled.
And when you have collected a reasonable amount, you print a label and ship it to Terracycle.
The recyclable products are then separated by material composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic pellets.
From there they can be remolded to make new recycled products such as benches.
TerraCycle rewards shipments of over 2lbs with points. TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, product bundles, or a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice.
Anyone can sign up to the program, making it super simple.
What is accepted
- Any brand of toothbrushes
- Any brand of toothpaste tubes and caps
- Any brand of toothbrush outer packaging
- Any brand of toothpaste cartons
- Any brand of floss containers.
In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) and place all the accepted packaging in a box.
If you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to sending..
What is not accepted
- Interdental Brushes
- Toothache Kits
- Breath Sprays
- Denture Adhesives Packaging
- Denture Tablets Packaging
- Denture Cream Tubes
- Battery Toothbrushes
- Mouthwash Plastic Bottles
- Tubes that did not contain toothpaste
- Outer packaging that did not contain toothbrushes
- Cartons that did not contain toothpaste
Find out more & sign up
To find out more about recycling your toothbrush and other oral care products or to sign up head to the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program page on the Terracycle website.
- An estimated 850 million – 1 billion toothbrushes are put into landfills each year in the USA alone.
- 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of within Australia each year.
The following video promotes a more sustainable toothbrush, but it tells the story of the impact our oral care products are having on the world today.