Oral care waste is a significant problem in New Zealand with the equivalent of around 144 tonnes of plastic (from toothbrushes alone) being bought and disposed of. Because 99% of brushes are made of polypropylene (a material derived from non-renewable fossil fuels) they'll never biodegrade.
Oral care products which are collected for recycling are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.
Oral care products are being recycled through the Terracycle programme. Look out for the wheelie bin at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre in front of the verandah to the main building.
We are awaiting confirmation of another oral care collection site in upper Aramoho - watch this space.
Any brand of used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, plastic toothbrush packaging, interdental brushes, wisps, floss containers, pumps, stand up toothpaste bottles and any kind of non-electric toothbrush or toothpaste tube and all affiliated non-recyclable packaging can be recycled.
Please keep plastic items from landfill.