What can and cannot be recycled from the bathroom

What can and cannot be recycled from the bathroom

Have you ever asked yourself what can be recycled from the bathroom?Every day there is one place that I can guarantee you will end up in at some point. This very special place is the Bathroom and you probably don’t realize many of the items that are thrown out on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. The fact it that generally people don’t like spending a lot of time in the bathroom and usage tends to be an automated ritual.

infographic bathroom recycling

A lot of us have bad bathroom habits when it comes to knowing what items can be recycled and what should be thrown out. Put a small recycling bin in your bathroom and use this infographic as a reminder of what should be recycled vs thrown out.

“While almost 70% of Americans say they consistently recycle, only 1 in 5 say they do so in the bathroom. One reason? Nearly 20% don’t know that bathroom products are recyclable.”

Source: Johnson and Johnson

Recyclable Bathroom Items:

Plastic bottles: #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE) plastic bottles are recylable in most communities. “Caps may be left on, but any pumps should be removed”

Paperboard Items: Most paperboard items found in the bathroom can be recycled.

  • Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Soap Boxes
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Boxes for Over-The-Counter Drugs
  • Bandage Boxes
  • Razor Box

Not commonly Recyclable:

Other items made of mixed materials or certain types of plastic are not commonly accepted in local recycling programs. These items include:

  • Dental floss containers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste Tubes
  • Pumps
  • Used sanitary wipes

Bathroom Recycling video – Making People Smile