Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Personal Care & Beauty Products - New/Unused

Toiletry items are personal care items use for hygiene, grooming, making up, or cleaning oneself, such as soap or deodorant.

Use it up or donate.

Per CalRecycle, please do not put non-medicated lotions, cosmetics, fragrances, sunscreen agents, and similar products down the drain or into the toilet; the trash is the best "away." Click here for medicated lotions, creams and shampoos, and here for nail polish.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
SkipShapiro Enterprises 318 Hawthorn St New Bedford Landfill Pick-up for a Fee Commercial volume. Services include depackaging of alcohol-based health, beauty and cosmetic products. These products are repurposed as feedstock for ethanol and utilized to create renewable fuels and alcohol products. Consumer packaged products are separated from the liquids and all of the materials are recycled.
Pleasanton Transfer Station 3110 Busch Rd. Pleasanton Landfill Drop-off for a Fee
Clean the World 3111 South Valley View Blvd
Suite L 115
Las Vegas 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.
SkipShapiro Enterprises 318 Hawthorn St New Bedford Recycle Pick-up for a Fee Commercial volume. Services include depackaging of alcohol-based health, beauty and cosmetic products. These products are repurposed as feedstock for ethanol and utilized to create renewable fuels and alcohol products. Consumer packaged products are separated from the liquids and all of the materials are recycled.
Ecology Center Store 2530 San Pablo Ave Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off Collection spot for Albatross razor blades. Fully wrap them such that no accidents happen while being handled.
The Salvation Army Home Pick-Up Service 832 Folsom St San Francisco Reuse Free Pick-up
ebay 2025 Hamilton Ave San Jose Reuse Buyback Mail-in
All Good Living Foundation All Good Living Store
2332 Alameda Ave
Alameda Reuse Free Drop-off
Building Futures 1395 Bancroft Ave San Leandro Reuse Free Drop-off Deodorant Shavers Shampoo & conditioner (both travel size and full size) Diapers (all sizes) Toothbrushes & toothpaste
First Place for Youth 426 17th St
Suite 100
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off (hair combs/picks/brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
Facebook Marketplace Facebook Headquarters
1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up
Contra Costa County Homeless Program 1350 Arnold Dr
202
Martinez Reuse Free Drop-off New and unused travel size toiletries (hair products, toothpaste/brushes, lotion, etc.) Brushes and combs in good condition.
Hively (Oakland) 80 Swan Way
Suite 130
Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Midway Shelter of Alameda PO Box 951 Alameda Reuse Free Drop-off
Kennedy High School Flea Market 39999 Blacow Rd Fremont Reuse Buyback Mail-in
Hively (Pleasanton) 6601 Owens Dr
Suite 100
Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off
Clean the World 3111 South Valley View Blvd
Suite L 115
Las Vegas Reuse 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.
Laney College Flea Market 510 Fallon St Oakland Reuse Buyback Mail-in
Downtown Streets Team 22551 2nd St Hayward Reuse Free Drop-off Accepts new condition hygiene kits.
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 1255 First Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Hygiene Kit Items for the Unsheltered: Call 626-695-0687 for appt. Travel-sized okay. Soap or body wash, toothbrush/paste, lotion, shampoo, razors, tampons/pads, body wipes, deodorant, masks (single-use or new reusable), socks, laundry pods, antibiotic cream, antiseptic wipes, band-aids, lip balm, cotton swabs, hand sanitizer

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