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:
- Firstly, the TerraCycle Oral Care Recycling Program now accepts electric toothbrush heads. This is in addition to regular used toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps and all associated plastic packaging.
- Secondly, Colgate and TerraCycle have introduced a new recycling program – the Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program – for recycling electric toothbrush handles, bases and chargers.
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
- Floss containers
- Electric toothbrush heads
- All associated plastic packaging
- Electric Toothbrush Recycling Program:
- Electric toothbrush handles
- Electric toothbrush bases
- Electric toothbrush chargers
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.