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Personal Care & Beauty Product Packaging
Empty, dry cardboard, paperboard, food and beverage glass, aluminum, steel, and plastics #1 & #2s should be recycled when empty of product.
Contact brand for their take-back or packaging recycling policy. Consider reuse of cleaned packaging before disposal. Plastic sprayers, pumps, and droppers may be cleaned & reused, but are generally considered contamination in the recycling bin. Empty tubes for lotion, lip and eye products, and such belong in the trash, along with sachets or packets made of multiple materials like plastic, paper &/or foil/metal. Find a shop to bring your own packaging to refill.
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. Old vitamins and supplements may be composted.
Oakland accepts this item in your curbside recycling container.
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.
6025 College Ave, Oakland • 510-415-0956Bring your empty containers to fill and refill with your essentials for bath and body (fee).Drop-off for a Fee
Nordstrom Rack San Leandro Store 431, San Leandro •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.Free Drop-off
3110 Busch Rd., Pleasanton • (925) 846-2042Drop-off for a Fee
Additional Online Resources for Personal Care & Beauty Product Packaging
Perfume, Body Spray, Nail Polish / Remover, Body Mist, Creams, Lotions, Liquid Makeup (Including Flammable), Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps
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.
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.