Recycle Your Toothbrushes

Toothbrush Caricature resize 2During National Recycling Week 2017, Council launched a new program to collect used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers for recycling.

Why recycle these items?

Empty toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers and used toothbrushes can’t be placed in your recycling bin for fortnightly collection, so they contribute to landfill.

Council provides a collection point for these items so that they can be recycled into useful products like picnic tables, park benches and playground equipment.

According to dental associations, we should be changing our toothbrushes every three to four months. Therefore, our population of 3,000 could potentially divert 12,000 toothbrushes from landfill each year through this program.

Where do I recycle my old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers?

Drop your used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers in the collection bin at the Borough of Queenscliffe Council Offices, 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff. Look out for the 'Recycle Your Toothbrushes' sign.

Please make sure that toothbrushes are dry and toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers are completely empty before dropping them in the collection bin.

Families with children attending the Queenscliff Kindergarten can also drop these items off for collection at the kindergarten.

What happens to my old toothbrush after I drop it off for recycling?

Following collection, the materials for recycling are audited to avoid contamination with non-recyclable materials and transported in bulk to a wash plant where they are cleaned and shredded. The shredded materials are heated and broken down further, then compressed for moulding into all sorts of new and useful products.

The process of recycling your toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers is carried out by TerraCycle, an Australian company dedicated to ‘Eliminating the Idea of Waste’.

Need more information?

Please contact Council's Sustainability Officer on 03 5258 1377 for further information about this program.