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The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme

Recycle all oral care products and packaging through this programme

Participating locations
2,521
Available locations
29
Waste recycled
385,369
Money raised
£5,733.30

How to participate

You can recycle your oral care products and packaging in 2 different ways:

  1. By dropping them off at a nearby public drop-off location 

  2. By setting up your own public drop-off location

To learn more, please take a look at the "How It Works" section further down the page before clicking on the button below.

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Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations
Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Find all participating public drop-off locations in the UK on the interactive map above.

How it works

There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:

1) Drop off your oral care products and packaging at your nearest public drop-off location

Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off any accepted oral care products and packaging during the opening hours.

To learn more about public drop-off locations, please click here.

2) Set up a public drop-off location

If there are no public drop-off locations near you, you can set up your own. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Create a TerraCycle® account
  2. Find a public place to host your collection (with the prior consent of the person in charge of the place)
  3. Fill out this form to finalise your request

Please note that you have more chances to be selected to open a public drop-off location if you live more than 5 miles away from an existing public drop-off location for this scheme.

To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.


Once you are a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location) and when you are ready to send a shipment, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a free UPS label from your account
  2. Print your label out
  3. Attach your label to your parcel
  4. Simply book a free pick-up via UPS by calling 03457 877 877 or book online via this link. Alternatively, you can also drop off your parcel at your closest UPS drop-off point, which you can find here

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

Useful information for the collection of the waste

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) and place all the accepted packaging in a box. If you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.

What happens to this waste

Once collected, the oral care products and packaging are separated by polymer type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Click here to learn more about the recycling process.

Rewards

TerraCycle® points are credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators and private collectors as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the total weight of the shipment. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.

Here is the reward this programme offers:

For example:

1 kilogram of oral care products and packaging = 0 TerraCycle® points

2 kilograms of oral care products and packaging = 200 TerraCycle® points

3 kilograms of oral care products and packaging = 300 TerraCycle® points

Please be aware, the weight of the cardboard box is not taken into account. TerraCycle® recommends public drop-off location administrators and private collectors to send more than the minimum weight to ensure points are awarded.

Resources

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate’s Sustainability Strategy, visit http://www.colgatepalmolive.com/en-us/core-values/sustainability. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com.

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