Accepted items Not accepted items

We accept any hard-to-recycle plastic, metal and soda-lime glass beauty packaging:

  • Facial skincare: Lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurized shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes

  • Makeup packaging: Mascara tubes, eyeliner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and lipsticks. 

  • Other cosmetics: Empty perfume bottles, empty nail varnish bottles, nail polish remover bottles

  • Hair care products: Shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurized hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps

 
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plant-based or biodegradable plastics (i.e. PLA), wood or bamboo products
  • Sheet masks for face, hands and feet
  • Any contents of the packaging 
  • Hazardous waste (sharp, flammable, reactive, corrosive, ignitable, toxic, infectious or pathogenic) which presents a danger to the environment, or to people
  • Batteries, pressurised canisters, broken glass and medical waste

  Some of the accepted waste may be recycled kerbside. For these types of waste, we encourage you to opt for local council collection as you'll have more room for products and/or packaging that can't be.


    We Recommend:

    Collect with small Zero Waste Bags

    Recycle all Beauty Products and Packaging by using our small Zero Waste Bag. Make sure to check off the “Beauty Products and Packaging” checkbox on the front of the Zero Waste Bag. When the Zero Waste Bag is full, seal it, request a QR code and drop it at your nearest available Inpost locker.

    Buy Zero Waste Bags

    How we recycle

    Learn more about how we recycle Beauty products and packaging 

    Each Zero Waste Bag is opened upon receipt and visually inspected for any non-compliant materials, then consolidated for processing in bulk.

    The materials are size-reduced through shredding. Metals are removed through magnetized and electrostatic sortation. Sorted metals are then smelted and formed for use in secondary metals manufacturing. Glass is removed by density through vibratory screening and used in aggregate-based products such as construction block and tile. 

    The remaining plastics are size-reduced through shredding and cleaned in temperature-regulated water baths with agitation and surfactants to remove residual product or other contaminants. The clean plastics are then sorted by density profile and composition through multi-stage air, optical, and water-based mechanical sortation systems. Clean, sorted plastics are mixed with other plastics to make recycled plastic blends that are then used by various manufacturers to make new products.

    Click here to find out more about our recycling process.