Accepted items: Any brand of empty cosmetic, haircare, or skincare packaging, beyond standard recyclable containers
Not accepted: Wood & bamboo, wooden eyeliner pencils, cardboard, aerosol & pressurized cans, partially full and full packaging, perfume bottles, electronic items, nail polish bottles & removers

 

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Collect with small Zero Waste Bags

Recycle cosmetics packaging by using our small Zero Waste Bag. Make sure to check off the “Cosmetics packaging” checkbox on the front of the Zero Waste Bag. When the Zero Waste Bag is full, seal it, then scan the QR code or log in to your account to schedule a pickup. Place the Zero Waste Bag in your collection bin or at your doorstep, and we’ll pick it up at the scheduled time.

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How we recycle

When we receive your Zero Waste Bag, we check it in and sort out anything that isn't accepted waste.

When we receive your Zero Waste Bag, we check it in and sort out anything that isn't accepted waste.

Materials are separated into categories (metals, glass, and plastic) based on processing requirements.

Materials are separated into categories (metals, glass, and plastic) based on processing requirements.

The materials are size-reduced through shredding and are used to make new products, including <a href="/pages/community">items that will benefit your local community</a>.

The materials are size-reduced through shredding and are used to make new products, including items that will benefit your local community.

Learn more about how we recycle cosmetics packaging 

Each Zero Waste Bag is opened upon receipt and visually inspected for any non-compliant materials, then consolidated for processing in bulk.

The materials are size-reduced through shredding. Metals are removed through magnetized and electrostatic sortation. Sorted metals are then smelted and formed for use in secondary metals manufacturing. Glass is removed by density through vibratory screening and used in aggregate-based products such as construction block and tile. 

The remaining plastics are size-reduced through shredding and cleaned in temperature-regulated water baths with agitation and surfactants to remove residual product or other contaminants. The clean plastics are then sorted by density profile and composition through multi-stage air, optical, and water-based mechanical sortation systems. Clean, sorted plastics are mixed with other plastics to make recycled plastic blends that are then used by various manufacturers to make new products.

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