Tiny Trash Can TerraCycle oral care recycling program

Recycling oral care products

Have you heard about TerraCycle’s recycling program for oral care products and packaging? They accept any brand, and it’s free in the U.S. 😃

I discovered it last year while researching ways to responsibly dispose of the dental care packaging we’d purchased before starting our zero waste lifestyle. Rather than only recycle my waste, which amounted to a handful of toothpaste tubes, I figured I might as well collect from as many people as possible before sending in my items. I got permission to put a box at my son’s school near our other recycling bins, and we informed families by email about the program. It turned out to be pretty popular! 😳

When the box fills up (twice a school year), I print out a free shipping label and mail the contents to Colgate from the United States (it helps to have friends on the other side of the border 😉). Although my old toothpaste tubes are long gone, I still manage the recycling program for the school. It only takes a few minutes a year, and it keeps these items from going into a landfill 👍

If you live in the U.S., you can sign up for the free program and start collecting at your apartment, school or workplace. And if you live in the Montreal area and would like to participate, send me a private message so we can coordinate a meetup. Our cat Milo would love to receive more boxes of mint-flavored “cat toys”! 😂

Tiny Trash Can TerraCycle oral care recycling program

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