Did you know that just like a lot of kitchen and office packaging, most beauty product containers can be recycled? That's because beauty product bottles and boxes are usually made from the same types of materials as milk cartons, water bottles and food containers! At Garnier, we think it's time we get recycling in the bathroom, so here are a few handy tips to help you get started.
What Can I Recycle?
Most Garnier products can be recycled. Where possible, we use re-usable materials including glass, non-waxed cardboard and recyclable plastics including PP and PET plastic.
To help you figure out what can and can't go in the recycling bin, look for a recycling symbol and/or Plastics Identification Code (PIC) number on each box, bottle, tube or tub. Each number relates to a type of material, from 1 to 7. In general, codes 1-7 are recyclable. Not sure? Have a look at our plastic identification code number guide!
How Do I Recycle?
Once you've checked that your beauty product's packaging is recyclable in your council area, it's simply a matter of following three easy steps:
1. Remove the lid - some councils now accept lids, check with them first.
2. Ensure the container is empty, and give it a light rinse or quick wipe. No need to remove labels.
3. Flatten the container if possible, and place it in your recycling bin. Do not stack containers one inside the other.
Council kerbside collection will not accept plastic bags, so be sure to dispose of your recycling without tying it up in a plastic bag. The best way to recycle plastic shopping bags is to bring them back to participating retailer collection points for recycling.
What Will My Council Collect?
Each council has its own rules about what it will and won't accept in kerbside recycling collections. For the most part, councils nationwide will collect standard recyclable items, such as cans, bottles and paper packaging, but because each council is different, it's a great idea to check first. You can do this by visiting your council's website, or by calling them directly.
Not sure? Have a look at our plastic identification code number guide!
Clear beverage, sauce and detergent bottles, hinged and two-piece containers for fruits and vegetables.
High density polyethylene
Milk, juice bottle, oil and vinegar bottle, ice cream tubs, shampoo and detergent bottles.
Vinyl or PVC - polyvinyl chloride
Plumbing pipes, garden hoses, blister packs.
Garbage and recycling bins.
Microwave ovenware, hinged lunch boxes, containers for dairy products (cottage cheese, yoghurt, butter)
Polystyrene (clear, transparent) or EPS - expanded polystyrene (foamed)
Drinking glasses, yoghurt containers, hinged and two-piece containers for produce, bakery and deli, produce boxes and hot drink cups
Other (all other resins and multi-blend plastic materials)
Dependent on the material