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In partnership with Pact Collective (https://www.pactcollective.org/) we’re sharing some guidelines on how to properly sort and prepare your beauty waste for recycling.
Sorting Your Beauty Waste
We’re outlining three categories of your beauty waste- what you can recycle with Pact, what you can recycle at home and what is unrecyclable. These categories are a good outline for what to look for when shopping for beauty products in recyclable packaging.
Before recycling, make sure to disassemble, wash & dry your beauty packaging!
Recycle With Pact Collective
This group of products are the hard-to-recycle components of beauty packaging. If you can recycle something at home, that should come first. This is a second option for collecting and recycling beauty waste. As there are many components of beauty packaging that cannot be recycled curbside, Pact Collective has stepped in to give a sustainable option before heading to a landfill.
What to Recycle With Pact:
- Plastic jars/pots, tubes, sticks, and containers less than 2” in 2 dimensions
- Colored glass bottles and jars
- Metal packages
- Lipstick and lip gloss tubes, applicators
- Mascara tubes and wands
- Plastic pencil components (e.g. for eye/lip liner, brow pencils)
- Makeup compacts (with nothing left in the pan)
- Plastic caps
- Ceramic containers
- Lotion pumps, treatment pumps, all dispensers
Recycle At Home
This group of products that can be recycled at home have a lower environmental footprint, since they don’t have to travel as far to be recycled. This should be a first option if where you reside has a curbside recycling program. This is a general outline of what’s accepted at most curbside recycling programs in the US, but check your local governance to see what’s accepted in your area.
What to Recycle At Home:
- Plastic containers #1, 2 and 5, when they are 2” in more than 2 dimensions
- Clear or frosted glass jars and bottles
- Stainless steel or aluminum
- Cardboard & paper
Dispose of at Home, The Unrecyclable
This is obviously a last resort, but take note of these components and try to avoid them when shopping to restock your beauty cabinet next!
- Broken glass
- Aerosol cans
- Toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes & dental floss
- Single use wipes
- Plastic or foil safety seals
- Plastic bag & wrappers
- Plastic with foil/metal inlay
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
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