Terracycle Dental Care Product Recycling

There have been two important updates to the recycling of dental products by TerraCycle. These changes provide a solution to the growing problem of what to do with used electric toothbrushes and toothbrush heads:

Goodwood Dental is now a drop-off point for both the Oral Care Recycling Program and the Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program. We encourage all members of the public (patient or not) to visit us and drop off their dental waste for recycling. The drop-off is located on our reception desk. Whilst there, you are welcome to help yourself to a refreshment in our waiting room.

We can now accept all brands of the following items for recycling:

  • Oral Care Recycling Program:
    • Toothpaste tubes and caps
    • Toothbrushes
    • Floss containers
    • Electric toothbrush heads
    • All associated plastic packaging

When dropping off your items, please ensure:

  • you place the items in correct box (for the Oral Care Recycling Program or Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program)
  • items have most excess product removed and are dry (they do not need to be 100% clean)
  • do not remove the batteries from electric toothbrushes
  • please recycle associated cardboard packaging via regular kerbside recycling programs

Once a full shipment of recycling has been collected, we will forward it to TerraCycle where it will be recycled. We will receive 2 cents from TerraCycle for every item of waste submitted to the Oral Care Recycling Program and $1 per kg of waste submitted to the Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program. All proceeds received will be donated to Catherine House, a charity which offers accommodation and support services for women experiencing homelessness.

Remember that every used dental care product that we can recycle is one less thing that ends up in a landfill, ocean or elsewhere in our environment. Though it may seem small, lots of people doing a little bit can quickly add up to something big – all whilst helping a very worthwhile charity along the way.