The University Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme
Thank you for taking part in the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme, in partnership with Garnier and L'Oréal Paris.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with personal care items to sample, such as shampoos, conditioners, and moisturisers, whist facilitating the recycling of the packaging in addition to some exciting benefits such as donating to a charity partner whenever you recycle. The programme isn’t limited to Garnier and L'Oréal Paris either – all brands are accepted.
The programme is all thanks to our partnership with TerraCycle, which aims to support over 500 university locations across the UK with the personal care recycling facilities. With this, over 35,000 people will have access to recycle packaging that is not yet accepted by mainstream local council methods.
Each location has an ambassador of the programme, who is responsible for the distribution of sachets, maintenance of the recycling collection boxes and return of these boxes to TerraCycle for the items to be recycled, so please reach out to your ambassador if you have any questions.
Read on to find out more.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAMME
You can drop off your used personal care and beauty product packaging at the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme Collection Point. To locate your Collection Point, please speak to your Programme Ambassador.
WHAT YOU CAN RECYCLE IN THIS PROGRAMME
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Flexible Single Use Mask Packaging
Flexible single use mask packaging and the blue plastic film put on top of the tissue mask (used for personal care and beauty products).SHOP NOW
Flexible Plastic Wipes Packaging
Flexible plastic wipes packaging (used for personal care and beauty products)SHOP NOW
Product Packaging Caps
Personal care and beauty product packaging caps, pumps and trigger sprays (rigid plastic bottles are not accepted).
Plastic Pots and Flexible Plastic Tubes
Plastic pots and flexible plastic tubes (used for personal care and beauty products).SHOP NOW
Hair Colourant Kits
Hair colourant kits (except for rigid plastic bottles and cardboard packaging)SHOP NOW
Plastic Roll-On Deodorants
Plastic roll-on deodorants (aerosols are not accepted).
All brands are accepted!
Good news, plastic bottles are recyclable in almost all UK council recycling systems and because of this, our programme does accept plastic bottles as they can be collected in your general recycling bin with the rest of your household recycling waste.
We ask that you only send us bottles if it is not possible to recycle them via your local council system. Always remember to remove the labels on the bottles and recycle them with TerraCycle.
Click here for a complete overview of the beauty products packaging you can recycle through TerraCycle and what you can recycle locally.
(A note on aerosol containers)
At this time aerosols are not accepted as part of the recycling programme. We are exploring with TerraCycle the potential for their inclusion in the future, however the good news is that in most parts of the UK, aerosol recycling is possible. More than 96% of local authorities recycle aerosols through kerbside collections. Please visit your local council website to find out how you can recycle aerosols locally. Always make sure your aerosols are empty and recycle the aerosol lids separately.
BEST PRACTICES FOR COLLECTING
In order to recycle the waste properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) and place all the accepted packaging in a box. If you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping.