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Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program

Recycle all oral care products and packaging through this program.

Participating locations
13,759
Available locations
241
Waste recycled
1,841,816
Money raised
$38,161.82

Recycling in partnership with Colgate®

TerraCycle® and Colgate® have partnered to create a free recycling program for oral care product packaging as well as a fundraising opportunity for participants.

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How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy.

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers.

Please note: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not recyclable through the program.

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Rewards

TerraCycle Points

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, product bundles, or a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here.

Promotions and contests

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2016 Colgate and ShopRite Recycled Playground Challenge

Recycling Program: 2016 Colgate and ShopRite Recycled Playground Challenge
Timeline: March 13 - June 12
Prize: The grand prize is a recycled playground. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded!
How to win: Earn playground credits by voting and recycling!
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2016 Colgate® & Meijer® Recycled Playground Challenge

Recycling Program: Colgate® Oral Care
Timeline: April 24 to June 18
Prize: A playground made from recycled materials, bundles of Colgate® products, and Meijer giftcards.
How to win: Eligible schools need to earn the most playground credits!

Resources

Do-it-yourself projects

Check out these inspiring projects that show you how you can reuse this waste stream right at home.

Learn more about Colgate®

Colgate® is proud of their partnership with TerraCycle and is committed to making a difference. As a company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, Colgate® is committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us.

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