Think of all the toiletry items you have lying around your Omaha home and how many of them can be recycled. Nearly every item in your bathroom is in some kind of plastic container. Don’t throw it away in a trash can- recycle it with one of First Star Recycling’s outstanding residential recycling partners. Our partners at Curbside Rewards Program in Omaha and RecycleLink in Lincoln collect all types of hard plastic toiletry containers.
Before recycling toiletries, make sure they are empty and do not contain any sort of soft plastic such as plastic packaging. Soft plastics (like plastic grocery bags) can get caught in recycling machinery, and even freeze up our recycling operation! Contrary to popular belief, your toiletry recyclables don’t need to be spotlessly cleaned before you can recycle them. Our recycling center in Omaha cycles each plastic item through a thorough process that ensures each product will come out cleaner than it went in.
Common every day toiletry items that can be recycled are:
- Body wash bottles
- Cardboard packaging (toothpaste boxes, soap boxes, toilet paper tubes, etc.)
- Cleaning solution bottles
- Conditioner bottles
- Detergent bottles
- Empty pill and medicine bottles (Please place INSIDE larger recyclable bottles)
- Hair care products – hair gel tubes, hairspray bottles
- Kleenex boxes
- Lotion bottle (pump and no pump)
- Mouthwash bottles
- Shampoo bottles
- Soap dispenser
- Spray bottle
Remember, we don’t require every ounce of shampoo or soap to be washed out of plastic containers before tossing them into your curbside recycling bin. At First Star Recycling, our machines are the best in the industry and thoroughly clean each plastic bottle that is recycled and picked up from our curbside recycling program so no need to make sure a container is spotless before you recycle it. We thoroughly wash and clean out every plastic container ensuring a clean product before it is broken down and recycled into another recycled product.
Did you know that it takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared to using ‘virgin’ materials to make a plastic bottle? With that in mind, recycling plastic bottles that are empty is a great way to help save the environment and also increase production times for producing new recycled items. Recycled toiletry bottles can be made into made into new bottles, as well as t-shirts, fleeces, furniture and toys!