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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
OfferUp 1745 114th Ave SE Bellevue Reuse 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
Oakland Elizabeth House 6423 Colby St Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off Soaps, shampoos, feminine products and kids products (New/unused)
San Pablo Flea Market 6100 San Pablo Ave Oakland Reuse Buyback Mail-in
Hively (Pleasanton) 6601 Owens Dr
Suite 100
Pleasanton Reuse Free Drop-off
Homeless Shelter Location Finder 451 7th St, SW Washington Reuse Free Drop-off
SF Flea Market 1166 Shafter Ave San Francisco Reuse Buyback Mail-in
FreeCycle The Freecycle Network
PO Box 294
Tuscon Reuse Free Pick-up
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
Telegraph Ministry Center 5316 Telegraph Ave Oakland Reuse Free Drop-off
Shelter, Inc. of Contra Costa County PO Box 5368 Concord Reuse Free Drop-off New/unused full size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, sunscreen, mouthwash and toothpaste. New toothbrushes.
Craigslist 222 Sutter St
Floor 9
San Francisco Reuse Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up
Nextdoor Headquarters
420 Taylor St
San Francisco Reuse Free Pick-up, Buyback Pick-up
Richmond Flea Market 716 W Gertrude Ave Richmond Reuse Buyback Mail-in New and unused only.
Vinted c/o AG Accounting
735 Geary SF; Ste 303
San Francisco Reuse Buyback Mail-in
Facebook Buy Nothing Groups 1 Hacker Way Menlo Park Reuse Free Pick-up
Emergency Shelter Program (Ruby's Place) 20880 Baker Rd Castro Valley Reuse Free Drop-off Toiletries - Any Size (shampoo, conditioner, body wash or soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion). Women’s feminine products {pads and tampons}. Deodorant for men and women.
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.

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