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Because You Asked: How Do I Recycle Mascara Tubes?

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The spectrum of makeup packaging can rival the products within. Try recycling cosmetics packaging through specialty programs.


Dear Recyclebank: How should you recycle cosmetics like mascara tubes and eyeshadow? –Renee M.

As you no doubt know, cosmetic packaging can vary widely, and some of it is made of mixed materials, which can complicate recycling. Your first step is going to be to clean out the containers thoroughly to avoid contamination of a recycling batch. Next, separate by material. Check to see if plastic packaging has a resin identification code and if your local recycling center accepts that type. Unfortunately, a lot of cosmetic packaging isn’t labeled or will be difficult to separate, but the Terracycle Personal Care and Beauty Brigade will accept a wide variety.

With some savvy shopping, you can find cosmetics with eco-friendly packaging and lessen your burden up front. Also, many cosmetics companies are cutting out the middleman and offering recycling programs of their own. For example, Aveda collects any of their packaging that curbside recycling programs don’t accept through their Full Circle program. Like Terracycle, Origins will accept even packaging from other brands through its collection program. Sometimes there are even perks for you. LUSH will give you a free face mask for every five black pots you bring back, and M·A·C will give you a free lipstick for every six containers! Green and gorgeous is a good combination.

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What are your favorite cosmetics brand that encourage recycling? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Eszter G. 7 days ago
    Old mascara wands are greatly appreciated here:
    https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html
  • Lynda M. 20 days ago
    Origins takes most make up products and recycles them even if they are not their brand.
  • Carrie T. 29 days ago
    Hello! There are several wildlife organizations that accept mascara wands. Here's a link to one of them: https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html
    • Emily M. 22 days ago
      Thanks, Carrie, for this resource! Recycling makeup packaging is sooooo difficult...Terra Cycle has a mail-in program, too, so I am slowly saving up the containers.
  • Lisa R. 30 days ago
    Wow , there are some great ideas in the comments, thank you.
  • anita s. 1 month ago
    loreal is a great one to reuse over an over again !
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