Get the Guide: How to Recycle Beauty Products in London

How to recycle beauty products in London
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We love the satisfying feeling of hitting pan on a blusher or finishing a tube of mascara. But what happens next? It is all too easy to toss an empty bottle into the bin and get on with your day. However, that is may not be the best solution for the planet as beauty product packaging can be tricky to recycle.

The global cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of cosmetics packaging each year – the majority of which curbside recycling programmes do not accept.

So, what is the alternative? It can be difficult for people to know how to recycle beauty products in London. Luckily, we now offer a recycling solution for our London-based customers. Simply, bring your beauty empties to the shop for recycling in our new TerraCycle Personal Care and Beauty Waste Zero Waste Box.

How to Recycle Beauty Products in London

So, how does the TerraCycle Personal Care and Beauty Waste box work? Before recycling, make sure that all excess product has been removed from containers. Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please ensure it is completely dry prior to recycling.

What Can be Recycled:

  • Shampoo bottles and caps
  • Conditioner bottles and caps
  • Hair gel packaging
  • Non-pressurised hair spray bottles
  • Hair pomade packaging
  • Lip balm tubes
  • Cleanser dispensers
  • Body lotion containers
  • Non-pressurised shaving foam bottles
  • Lip gloss tubes
  • Mascara tubes
  • Eyeshadow tubes
  • Eyeliner pencils
  • Concealer tubes and sticks
  • Inserts
  • Insoles
  • Pedicure kits
  • Empty anti-fungal containers
  • Ointment packaging
  • Non-electronic hair care and styling tools such as brushes, combs, picks, clips, bobby pins, hair ties, and scrunchies
  • Hair dye packaging
  • Blow-dryer attachments like combs and diffusers

What Can’t Be Recycled:

  • Aerosol cans,
  • Perfume bottles,
  • Nail polish bottles,
  • Nail polish remover bottles,
  • Any contents of packaging such as nail polish, lotion, soap or ointments 
  • Broken glass
  • Bio-hazardous waste
  • Bio-medical waste
  • Soiled nappies
  • Expired medication
  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Pressurised canisters
  • Medical sharps

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