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Personal Care & Beauty Packaging - Empty

Empty, dry cardboard, paperboard, food and beverage glass, aluminum, steel, and plastics #1 &2 should be recycled when empty of product. Contact brand for their take-bake or packaging recycling policy. Consider reuse of cleaned packaging before disposal. Old vitamins and supplements may be composted.

Per CalRecycle, please do not put unmedicated lotions, cosmetics, fragrances, sunscreen agents, and similar products down the drain or into the toilet; the best "somewhere else" to throw these items is your household trash. Landfills are the best place at present to dispose of personal care products when they are no longer being used. Click here for medicated lotions, creams and shampoos, and here for nail polish.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Clean the World 3111 South Valley View Blvd
Suite L 115
Las Vegas Reuse, Recycle Free Mail-in Accept hotel toiletries (soaps and bottled amenities) to create new hygiene products and recycle the packaging. After program registration, bins are sent, when 1/2 full, they send shipping labels & new bins.
g2Revolution 8585 Pyott Road
Suite 100
Lake in the Hills Recycle Paid Mail-in Perfume, Body Spray, Nail Polish / Remover, Body Mist, Creams, Lotions, Liquid Makeup (Including Flammable), Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps
GreenWaste of Palo Alto 2765 Lafayette St Palo Alto Recycle Paid Pick-up Empty containers only. Tubes (e.g., toothpaste, ointment, lotions) go in your black landfill cart.
Nordstrom's Beautycycle Drop-off Locator Nordstrom Rack San Leandro Store 431
1285 Marina Blvd
San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Compacts, jars and caps, tubes (e.g. lip liner) and caps, mascara tubes and wands, bottles and caps, squeeze tubes and caps. No partially full or full packaging.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Paid Drop-off
Re-Up Refills 6025 College Ave Oakland Reuse Paid Drop-off Bring your empty containers to fill and refill with your essentials for bath and body (fee).
TerraCycle 121 New York Ave Trenton Recycle Paid Pick-up

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Recycling Note
Alameda
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Albany
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Berkeley
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Empty, drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Dublin
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Emeryville
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Fremont
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Hayward
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Livermore
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Newark
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Oakland
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Piedmont
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Pleasanton
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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San Leandro
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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Union City
Empty and drip-free rigid plastics over 4" may go in the recycling. Other plastic packaging may go in the trash. Some brands offer take back of packaging for recycling.
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