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Oral Care Recycling Programme

Recycle oral care products and packaging through this programme.

Participating locations
925
Available locations
75
Waste recycled
235,089
Money raised
$4,635.42

Recycle in partnership with Colgate®

Colgate®, a global leader in oral care, has partnered with TerraCycle® to help provide a second life for toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, floss containers and their outer packaging materials.

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Drop-off locations

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Find nearest public location

This map is constantly being updated

Click on the map above to find your nearest public drop-off location. There is a growing network of public drop-off locations all around Australia giving everyone the opportunity to drop off their waste for recycling. If your location would like to be considered to become one of our public drop-off points, you must fill in the Drop-off Application Form to begin the application process. One of the team will contact you should your application be successful.

How it works

Participating is completely free and very easy. 

Firstly, login to your TerraCycle account and join the programme. When you are ready to send in a shipment, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Request a postage label” and follow the prompts. Print out your label and tape it securely onto your box. Ship the box to TerraCycle by dropping it off at your nearby post office.

What you can recycle in this programme

Program accepted waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers

Please note: Electronic toothbrushes and electronic toothbrush parts are not recyclable through this program

Best practices for recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

What happens to the waste

Once collected, the oral wate is cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

Rewards

TerraCycle Points

TerraCycle points can be redeemed for a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organisation or school of your choice. To learn more about our points program, click here.

Contests

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The Colgate® Better World Recycling Project

Recycling Programme: Oral Care Recycling Programme
Timeline: 7 August 2017 to 29 October 2017
Prize: 10 x weekly $1000 giveaways, plus 5 x Garden Beds made from recycled materials valued at $1500 with a $200 Mitre 10 voucher.​
How to win: Schools, clubs and community groups have a chance to win by sending in oral care waste for the Oral Care Recycling Program. Shipments must be received by 29 October 2017.

Resources

Need help getting started? From downloadable posters to videos and guides, there are plenty of resources available to help you make an even bigger difference on the environment.

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Learn more about Colgate®

Colgate® is proud of their partnership with TerraCycle and is committed to making a difference. As a company that strives to be the best truly global consumer products company, Colgate® is committed to doing business with integrity and respect for all people and for the world around us. To learn more about Colgate®, click here.