Recycle Your Cosmetic Items!

The Environment Committee is excited to introduce a new project that will recycle our cosmetic and personal care product containers. A brief overview of this new project was given to you at our last meeting. As you know, these containers are not currently recyclable through our local programs. The Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores have partnered with Terracycle to recycle beauty product containers.

If you would like to participate, all you need to do is collect your empty beauty care containers and bring them to our meetings. We will have a box available where you can place your recyclables. One of our committee members will count the number of items that we receive from you each month and take them to the collection site.

ACCEPTABLE items are: pump caps, hair spray triggers, lipstick cases, eyeliner cases, mascara tubes & wands, compacts, jars & caps, tubes & caps, bottles & caps. These are any empty packaging that can’t go into your regular curbside bins.

UNACCEPTABLE items are: aerosol or pressured cans, electronic items such as blow dryers, perfume bottles, nail polish bottles, wooden eyeliner pencils, bio-medical or hazardous waste, as well as partially full or full containers. You do not have to thoroughly clean the containers, but they ask that you remove as much of the product as possible. They will not accept any dripping items; they must be dry.

You can find out more information about Terracycle and their many recycling programs by going to their website at We have included the Terracycle mission statement and purpose as shown on their website which follows:

About TerraCycle

Overconsumption and a throwaway culture have led to a global waste crisis. While even complex trash is technically recyclable, most materials are not profitable to recycle. As a result, waste piles up in landfills and pollutes our planet while virgin materials are extracted from the earth to create new products.

At TerraCycle, our mission is Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. Businesses, government entities, and people like you work with us globally to keep trash out of landfills or from incineration. Through collaboration and innovation, we’ve developed the world’s first solutions in everything from recycling to reuse.

This environment project involves no cost to our members. We would like to include this project on our year-end Environment report. For reporting purposes, we will include a description of, number of containers collected, as well as the number of hours spent on our activities. We as the committee will keep track of the hours we devote to the project. You can also let us know about any time you spend on this project. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our environment clean!