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Recycling mystery: can you recycle toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes?

Recycling mystery: can you recycle toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes?

Oral care products, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, can seem nearly impossible to recycle. After all, how would a recycler remove all of that extra toothpaste from the tube or dissasemble a toothbrush for recycling? Let’s take a closer look at this recycling mystery to get the low-down on how to keep our pearly whites healthy without contributing to landfill waste. Photo: Shutterstock Can I recycle my toothbrush and toothpaste tubes? Answer: Yes. How oral care products are recycled Oral care products and packaging vary greatly by material and can include different numbered plastics, along with aluminum, steel and nylon. In most cases, each of these components must be processed separately – meaning a tricky job for recyclers. “Toothbrushes are one of the most complicated items that we collect for recycling across the board, simply because they’re made up of three...

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