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Pop quiz: What do soda cans, newspapers, tin foil and medication bottles have in common?

Answer: They all can — and should — be recycled.

We’re long past the days when recycling was a novel concept practiced only by the greater Birkenstock community.

Today, whether you’re depositing items into those big blue bins on the sidewalk, some fancy home-garbage-separator-thingy purchased off SkyMall or hauling loads old school to the local dispensary, recycling is basically second nature to us.

But here’s the rub: While 69% of American say they recycle, only 20% say they recycle bathroom items.

That’s a lot of recyclable resources going down the drain.

To help correct this problem, some savvy folks from Johnson & Johnson have created a new campaign called CaretoRecycle.com.

On the website, you’ll find a bunch of free tools and information to help you carry over the recycling tradition to some of the busiest rooms in your home.

To get started, here’s a handy refresher list of what can and can’t be recycled in most communities.



Plastic bottles and caps marked #1 (PETE) and #2 (HDPE), including:

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioners

  • Body wash

  • Lotion

  • Baby powder

  • Face cleanser

  • Body oil

 Paper stuff, including:

  • Paper rolls

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Cartons for over-the-counter drugs, lotions, soaps, bandages, etc.



Unfortunately, the following items are not commonly accepted by most municipalities:

  • Tubes (like toothpaste)

  • Pumps (take the pump-part off and recycle the bottle)

  • Dental floss

So next time you’re painstakingly squeezing out the last of your toothpaste, remember to join the 20% and put your bathroom back to work for the environment.

For more information, go to CaretoRecycle.com.