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Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program - FAQ

Recycle skin care, hair care, and cosmetic packaging through this program.

Participating locations
27,575
Available locations
0
Waste recycled
12,926,423
Money raised
$240,263.41

Please see the below image for examples of waste that are accepted through this free recycling program. You may download this image as a useful poster by clicking here.

Personal Care and Recycling Program Accepted Waste

Personal Care and Recycling Program Accepted Waste

Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program accepted waste:

  1. Hair care packaging such as shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers, and hair paste plastic jars and caps
  2. Skin care packaging such as lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (no cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes
  3. Cosmetics packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils

Please Note: aerosol cans, nail polish bottles and nail polish remover bottles ARE NOT acceptable.

You may collect any brand of waste for this recycling program. Please refer to the accepted waste poster for the types of waste that are accepted.

No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it in to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the remaining product as possible before shipping. And please remember, UPS will not accept dripping packages, so make sure your waste is dry prior to shipping.

No, your shipment can be any size. To earn the TerraCycle point donation, however, your shipment must weigh over 10 lbs. Remember, the shipment size requirement is applicable only if you would like to earn TerraCycle points.

To earn TerraCycle points, your shipments must weigh at least 10 lbs. If your shipment meets or exceeds the shipment size requirement, each piece of waste your location sends in will earn you about 2 TerraCycle points. Personal care and beauty packaging is counted based on an average unit weight of 0.05 lbs.