Posted by: netitheyeti | November 9, 2013

Recycling in the Bathroom

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Have you ever thought about the recyclable paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic in your bathroom? 

1. Shampoo and Body Wash Bottles:  Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, contact lens solution, and other toiletry bottles are usually made of #2 plastic (High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE), which is accepted by most recyclers. Number 2 plastics can be recycled into building materials like lumber or fencing, office supplies like pens, or more bottles.  

2. Mouthwash Bottles: These clear bottles are typically made of #1 plastic, or PET, which is accepted by most curbside recycling programs. 

3. Pill and Medicine Containers: The amber-colored prescription pill bottles, as well as plastic bottles containing both pills and liquid medicines, are usually #1, 2, 3, or 5 plastics. Be sure to  check the bottom of the bottles and compare it to what your hauler accepts.  

4. Cardboard Packaging: Don’t forget to recycle the boxes that your toiletries came in, such as cosmetics, cotton swabs, at-home hair color, facial tissues (the used tissues themselves aren’t recyclable, though), vitamins and over-the-counter medications. And, of course,the tube that your toilet paper came on. 

5. Hair Care Products: Check the hair gel tubes, hairspray bottles, pomade and deep-conditioning tubs for their plastic numbers — chances are, once you finish off the container, you can rinse them out and put them right in your recycling bin. 

Some common bathroom items are recyclable, but accepted less often at your curbside pick-up and may require some extra attention: 

6. Make-up Compacts: Check for the recycling symbol on the underside of your make-up compacts; once clean, they may be able to go in your bin. Otherwise, look out for cosmetics companies that will accept their spent packaging to recycle in-house. 

7. Plastic Films and Wrappers: The plastic wrap that your cotton balls, toilet paper, diapers and other products come in can be recycled, but likely not through your curbside program. Instead, look online for a local drop-off location. It will likely be recycled into composite lumber, containers, pipes or other materials. 

8. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste Tubes: While these might not be accepted in your curbside recycling program, there are organizations that will collect hard-to-recycle household items like toothbrushes. And the box your toothpaste came in can probably go in your home recycling bin! 

What bathroom items did we forget? 

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