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Can I Recycle Toothpaste Tubes?

By Recyclebank |

You’ve squeezed the last of the toothpaste out. Now what?

Dear Recyclebank,

Can I recycle empty toothpaste tubes?

-Warren C.

Many toothpaste tubes today are made of multiple materials laminated together, usually different types of plastic and aluminum. Like food pouches, the tubes are difficult to recycle because they’re made of a mix of materials, and the materials are almost impossible to separate. Curbside recycling programs don’t accept them for recycling.

TerraCycle’s mail-in recycling programs in collaboration with Colgate and Tom’s of Maine are just about the only recycling options available. You can collect your empty toothpaste tubes (as well as old toothbrushes and floss containers) and ship them for free to TerraCycle to be recycled into new products. Large enough shipments can raise money for your chosen school or charity. Alternatively, you could upcycle that old tube into a useful craft.

Until more companies use recyclable packaging for their toothpaste, the majority of toothpaste tubes will continue to end up in landfills. Consider contacting the manufacturer of your favorite toothpaste and let them know that you would like the packaging to be easily recyclable.

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How do you handle your empty tubes? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Kathleen P. 6 years ago
    They take these at the Terracycle center at the Broward College South campus on Pines Blvd and I the library that is located on that campus they have a flyer listing all the things they take. I is in the entry lobby just outside the restrooms.
  • Liset C. 6 years ago
    los tubos de pasta se los llevo a una senora que los recoge al igual que las laticas de soda
  • Duane W. 6 years ago
    Origins, the skincare store, has a recycling collection bin for toothpaste tubes and other small skincare bottles that one can't put in their household recycle bin. This includes Origins boutiques at Macy*s. They will even give you a free gift for recycling!
  • Sue C. 6 years ago
    Thank you for this information. I didn't know that toothpaste tubes could be recycled. Good to know.
  • Felicia D. 6 years ago
    I take them to the recycling plant and they ship them off.
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