Oral Care Recycling Program

Recycle oral care products and packaging through this program.

Participating locations
5,940
Available locations
560
Waste recycled
714,185
Money raised
$10,759.03

Recycle 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.

SIGN UP NOW
Thumbnail for Oral Care Recycling Program
Share this program with your friends!

Important!

This program is now accepting electric toothbrush heads! 

Collection Hub Locations

Click on the map to view the Community Collection Network. This map will display all locations for all waste streams.
Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Click on the map above to find your nearest Community Collection Hub.

Click here to fill out the Community Collection Hub Form

Once you've signed up to the program, you have the opportunity to collect on behalf of your community and divert even more waste from landfill. Sign up to become a Community Collection Hub for hard-to-recycle waste while raising money for your favourite school or charity at the same time! To become the ultimate sustainability hero, register your location here.

How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy. 

Firstly, join the program by signing into your online TerraCycle account. When you are ready to send in a shipment, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Request a postage label” and follow the prompts. Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box. Ship the box to TerraCycle by dropping it off at your nearby post office. 

What you can recycle in this program

Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush and toothpaste tube plastic packaging, floss containers.

Not accepted: Please recycle your cardboard packaging in your kerbside recycling bin. Electronic toothbrush handles and bases are not recyclable through this program and instead should be collected and shipped separately through the Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program, which has specific shipping requirements.

This program accepts any brand of oral care waste. 

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

Shipments must be 5kg or over to be eligible for TerraCycle points through this program.

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a payment of $0.02 per unit received to the non-profit organisation or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here.

Resources

Spotlight location profiles

Check out some of TerraCycle's most successful collection locations to see their secrets to success

Do it yourself projects

Here are some inspiring projects to show you how you can reuse your materials right at home

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.