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Bathroom Recycling: A matter of convenience?


Many consumers who are avid recyclers don’t practice recycling in the bathroom. The following article posits that the reason is a matter of convenience; most people don’t have recycling bins in the bathroom.

Granted, this is true. I don’t have a recycling bin in the bathroom either, and I admit that it is a bit of a hassle to collect my recyclables and bring them down to the household container. But I think the problem goes further than a mere issue of whether or not to add another container to the household. 

Many bathroom plastics are difficult if not impossible to recycle. Toothpaste tubes, for example, are usually made of recyclable plastic, but they rarely have a recycling symbol stamped on them, and in order to recycle them you usually have to cut them apart and clean them out (or make craft projects as reported in our post, http://tipsforrecycling.com/2012/01/07/tips-for-recycling-in-the-bathroom-toothpaste-tubes/ ). Deodorant tubes are rarely recyclable due to the composite composition of the plastic used to construct them. Shampoos, conditioners, body wash and lotion bottles are usually recyclable, but their caps usually aren’t. And cosmetics? Don’t even get me started!

Perhaps the issue is as much about the packaging as the inconvenience when it comes to bathroom recycling.

Recycling in the Bathroom – Why Don’t We Do It? (via http://www.tradewindsimports.com/)

Why is it that that only 1 in 5 Americans recycle in the bathroom in comparison to nearly 7 out of 10 who recycle around the house? A study commissioned by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies was recently conducted by Shelton Group. The…

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