Dental products waste can now be recycled

Oundle Waste Less, an environmental conservation organisation, has joined the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Scheme, a programme organised by TerraCycle. Refill Revolution at Oundle Wharf and Oundle Library are the designated drop-off locations for dental recycling.

The accepted items to be recycled include any brands of toothpaste tubes and caps, plastic toothbrushes and any of their outer packaging, empty floss containers and their outer packaging, electric and battery toothbrush heads only, and any toothpaste cartons. All excess product must be removed from the tubes before recycling.

TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste. They offer a range of free programmes that are funded by conscientious companies, as well as recycling solutions available for purchase for almost every form of waste. By volume, TerraCycle recycles over 97% of the waste that they collect.

Once the waste is collected, the oral care products and packaging are separated by polymer type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. TerraCycle uses only circular methods (reuse, upcycling or recycling) for repurposing the waste collected through their programmes.

TerraCycle will award points based on the weight of the waste collected, which can be redeemed by Transition Oundle into financial donations to participating organisations such as local schools.

Transition Oundle is a non-profit organisation to help local residents take small practical steps towards lower carbon living, by running projects which focus on transport, energy, food, work and lifestyle.

Meagan Iu
December 5, 2019