Baltimore County News
Marra Tripodi, Intern
Bureau of Solid Waste Management
When it comes to recycling, many people head straight for the kitchen, but there is another important area of the home filled with recyclable items – the bathroom. According to a recent study commissioned by the Johnson and Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, only one in five Americans consistently recycles in the bathroom. However, many personal care products we use on a daily basis are recyclable. Below is a list of bathroom products accepted in Baltimore County’s single stream recycling program:
- Plastic bottles (body wash, shampoo and conditioner, mouthwash, liquid hand soap, lotion, contact lens solution); plastic pumps in bottles are not recyclable and should be discarded as trash
- Paperboard items (toilet paper tubes, tissue boxes, toothpaste boxes, soap cartons)
- Empty aerosol cans (air freshener, deodorant, hairspray, sunscreen)
To start recycling in the bathroom, familiarize yourself with which bathroom products are accepted for recycling. Placing a small recycling container in the bathroom serves as a reminder to keep recyclable bathroom products out of the trash. Most items can be placed directly into the recycling container; however, plastic bottles should be emptied, lightly rinsed, and then recycled with the cap on.
So, next time you squeeze out the last drop of body wash or open a new box of toothpaste, give it a new life by recycling.
Revised September 26, 2016