Recycling for the Bathroom (and the Future!)

Recycling for the Bathroom:

Remember-To-RecycleAfter you’re done with the roll of toilet paper, do you often throw the cardboard roll in the garbage?  When you crack open a new box filled with deodorant, do you toss out the cardboard box? After your face cleanser runs out, do you chuck the bottle?  Some people may not even think about it because their recycling containers are located elsewhere and the garbage is right there, but these things are recyclable.

Pretty much all of the following containers and plastic bottles you would find in a bathroom are recyclable:

  • shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • face cleanser, body wash
  • lotion
  • body oil
  • baby powder
  • tums
  • antihistamines
  • even the caps to these items can be put into recycling

Cardboard boxes that a lot of things come in are recyclable. Advil, toothpaste, deodorant, facial moisturizer, band aids, Kleenex, etc., are boxes that all can be recycled. And don’t forget about that toilet paper roll. And actually if you buy a bulk pack of toilet paper, the plastic that is around the rolls is generally recyclable.

There are several things from the bathroom that can’t be recycled due to the material they are made out of or they contain too many components that need to be separated.  Things like, toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, pumps from bottles (bottles can be recycled) and floss containers.  Some cities do have drop off sites where you can take toothbrushes and floss containers. You have to check with your local recycling company to find out if such a thing exists in your city.

There is a neat thing happening with toothbrushes.
  You can buy toothbrushes that come with a package to send them back to the company after you are done using them.  The toothbrushes have been made from recycled yogurt containers. The company then makes things like picnic tables and containers out of used toothbrushes that have been sent back to them.  If you want to check out a company that does this, go to It’s a pretty amazing thing that they are doing.

If you are unsure about what can or can’t be recycled, check out your local recycling center online or give them a call and they can let you know what #’s are recyclable and answer any other questions you may have concerning recycling.  They are there to help.

What we want you to think about when we talk about recycling is that it’s not just for you and doesn’t just involve you; it’s for the future of our kids and our planet.  So even if you feel like you are too lazy to do it, just start trying to do things a little at a time and before you know it, you won’t even think twice about recycling, and it’s a very important thing to teach to our kids and just others in general. The more we work as a team, the better our world we become.  In the words of Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way…..”

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Information compiled from and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014