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Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program

Recycle your used electric toothbrushes through this program.

Recycle your used electric toothbrush with Colgate®

TerraCycle and Colgate® are proud to announce the first recycling program for electric toothbrushes in Australia! Join the program today to give a second life to your used electric toothbrushes. 

Please note: this program has strict shipping guidelines, see below for more details. 

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Important!

This program has strict shipping guidelines due to the transportation of batteries. Please read through this check list before shipping your waste:

  • Extra label required - Packages must be labelled with a TerraCycle shipping label AND a battery hazard label which can be found in the resources section below.
  • Ensure batteries are discharged - ensure your toothbrushes have no charge left in them.
  • Do not disassemble - Keep batteries inside toothbrushes.
  • Pack your waste in a cardboard box - Do not use a bag or satchel
  • Packages cannot be over 20kg

How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, join the Colgate electric toothbrush recycling program by signing into your online TerraCycle account. 
  2. When you are ready to send in a shipment, please first read our compulsory checklist in the "important" section of this page.
  3. Download these two mandatory labels: 

Print out your two labels and tape them securely onto your box. Ship the box to TerraCycle by dropping it off at your nearby post office. It's that easy!

Please note: Send your electric toothbrush heads in the Oral Care Recycling program, not with the electric toothbrush handles and bases. Please do not combine these two programs into one box.

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: All brands of electric toothbrush handles and electric toothbrush bases. 

Not accepted: 

  • Electric toothbrush heads are not accepted as part of this program but can be recycled as part of the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. 
  • Please do not send loose batteries for recycling as part of this program. 

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the electric toothbrushes are dismantled and separated into metals/electrical components, batteries and plastics, the plastics are then shredded and melted into pellets that can be remolded to make new recycled products while the metals are separated and recovered. 

Click here to learn more about the recycling process. 

Rewards

TerraCycle Points

For every shipment over 1kg, you will be earning $1 per kilogram of waste collected towards your chosen school or not for profit. 

To learn more about our points program, click here.

Resources

Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.

 

 

Learn more about Colgate®

TerraCycle is excited to partner with Colgate® to bring a national recycling solution for oral care products to Australia. To learn more about Colgate®, click here.

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