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Where Can I Recycle Wednesday… Deodorant Tubes?
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Where Can I Recycle Wednesday… Deodorant Tubes?

I’ll admit it, personal hygiene products stress me out.

Why do they have to make shampoo, body wash, shave gel, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and every other product in an unidentifiable (most likely) plastic where I don’t know if it can be recycled or not?

More importantly, what do I do with those empty tubes of DO for the BO?

Most deodorant tubes are made from #2, #4 or #5 plastic, which all are recyclable in the Philadelphia City limits. But, the turny wheel to revamp your deodorant supply and the leftover residue may cause problems (on the receiving end of the recycling facilities).

Fear not, friends. Terracycle & Tom’s of Maine has a nifty program where you can recycle your deodorant tubes, toothpaste containers, floss, mouthwash, and much much more. Just fill up a box or bag, download a prepaid shipping label and haul off to UPS for that material to get remade into a new product.

Whole Foods should also have a Preserve “Gimme 5” drop off bin for these tricky products, but that varies by store. Call & see if the bin is there before heading over.

 

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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