Many types of packaging used for bathroom products are recyclable, and as a recycling opportunity, the bathroom is frequently overlooked.
Follow these 12 tips and you’re well on your way to recycling right in the bathroom!
- Make bathroom recycling convenient by adding a small recycle bin under the sink.
- Plastic containers along with their rigid lids (shampoo, mouthwash, etc.) are recyclable. They should be rinsed but don’t worry about removing every last drop.
- Lotion and other bottles with pump lids can be recycled, but the pump lids themselves must go in the trash.
- Squeeze tubes such as toothpaste and ointments go in the trash.
- Empty prescription bottles are recyclable but remove the labels to protect your privacy.
- Small plastic containers (lip balm, cosmetics), loose lids/caps, and any plastic containers smaller than 2” can’t be sorted effectively and should be put in the trash.
- Recycle glass vitamin and supplement bottles but remove and toss their plastic lids. When both the container and lid are plastic, attach the lid and recycle them together.
- Thermoformed packaging used for toothbrushes, hair pins, cosmetics, nail clippers, etc. should go in the trash but the paperboard backing for these products can be recycled.
- Be sure to recycle those toilet paper rolls!
- Plastic film wrap used for toilet paper and paper towels cannot be put in your single stream but is accepted at CHarM (6400 Arapahoe) and many grocery store drop-off locations.
- Toothbrushes, razors, dental floss containers, and other objects made from hard plastics must go in the trash.
- Labels do not need to be removed from containers before recycling.