Environmental Health & Safety > Recycling Program > Beyond the Bin Guide
This guide contains options for recycling beyond the usual paper and plastic.
If you're unsure about an item's recyclability, don't toss it in and hope for the best. "When in doubt, throw it out" is a good rule of thumb. Incorrectly placed items can cause problems with equipment at recycling facilities, possibly endangering workers and/or contaminating other materials.
Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling facility
Some municipalities offer HHW collection exclusively for their residents – check first
with your local government. If no such local option exists, the following
facilities (as well as the Chicago one listed above) are available to all
Cosmetics: Origins accepts empty containers of any brand/type for recycling in their stores. MAC, Lush, Kiehl's and Aveda take back their own empty containers. Bare Minerals, Stila and Jane Iredale offer refillable compacts which can reduce waste. TerraCycle has a Personal Care and Beauty Brigade mail in recycling program which accepts most items.
Nail Polish: Considered HHW and can be brought to HHW facilities that accept it. Chemwise runs a mail in recycling program.
Toothbrushes & Razors: These are not recyclable unless purchased from Preserve and recycled through their Gimme 5 Program.
Feminine Hygiene Products: Consider reusable menstrual cups and cloth pads instead of traditional, plastic-based, disposable products.