Your Plastic Toothbrush Could Not Be Recycled Until Now

September 13, 2018

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When your toothbrush has served you well, eventually it will become time to replace it and you toss the old one into the recycle bin. But the dirty, dark secret is even though you think your plastic toothbrush will be made into some other plastic item, it is a kind of plastic most recycling centers cannot use. More often than not, your toothbrush is separated and eventually ends up in a landfill. To make sure most of the materials in your toothbrush get reused, you'll have to dispose of it a different way. The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program, a collaboration between Colgate and TerraCycle, accepts old toothbrushes, used toothpaste tubes, dental floss containers and their packaging, which contain various grades of plastic. The TerraCycle program is happy to take the components apart for you. The best part is it's totally free.  All you need to do is print the UPS label from the TerraCycle web site, place the items in a box, slap on the shipping label, and drop it off for UPS to pick up. Once they're received by the recycling center, the toothbrushes, floss containers, and toothpaste tubes are broken down into their plastic parts, shredded, and melted into a hard plastic that's used to make new products. Unfortunately electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not recyclable through the program. Get started and CLICK HERE for the link to the free recycling program!

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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