Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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Personal Care & Beauty Products - New/Unused

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.


Additional Online Resources for Personal Care & Beauty Products - New/Unused

  • Homeless Shelter Location Finder -
  • Facebook Buy Nothing Groups -
  • Native American Heritage Association -
  • I Support The Girls -
    Feminine hygiene products like pads and tampons.
  • SkipShapiro Enterprises -
    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.
  • LiquiDonate -
    Commercial quantity. LiquiDonate matches and moves reclaimable items (ex. returns, liquidation, branded items, inventory, apparel, office/warehouse supplies) from businesses to nonprofits, including arranging pickup or delivery. Free delivery for non-profits, business pays for delivery.
  • FreeCycle -
  • Craigslist -
  • Facebook Marketplace -
  • Listia -

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