At Bite Dental in Brisbane, we’re proud to be part of the Terracycle dental waste recycling program.
Have you ever thought about where your old toothbrush ends up? Or your old toothpaste tubes? Chances are these previously hard-to-recycle products would end up in landfill, or worse, make their way into our oceans.
These days, more and more Aussies are becoming aware of the environmental damage caused by plastics and other waste. But now, thanks to Terracycle’s Oral Care Recycling Program in partnership with Colgate, we’re joining hundreds of dental practices across the country to eliminate the idea of waste.
Through the program, you can turn your old toothbrushes and oral care packaging into things like park benches! Terracycle’s technology turns a huge variety of waste products into plastic pellets to make new products. This means you don’t have to choose between your oral health and the health of the environment anymore.
How much waste do oral products create?
Like all small products, individually it may not seem like much waste is created. But for oral care products that people use on a daily basis, it can really add up. In the US, up to a billion toothbrushes are thrown away every year. That’s enough to stretch around the earth 4 times over and equates to roughly 22 million kg of landfill waste. For people who can’t make the switch to more sustainable solutions like bamboo toothbrushes, recycling is the next best option.
How you can get involved?
As part of the Terracycle program, our Brisbane City dental studio located in the city centre is now an official drop-off point. This means we have a designated recycling bin for your oral healthcare waste which you can drop-off when you visit us for an appointment or in between visits. We then take care of the heavy-lifting for you and ship your waste to one of Terracycle’s processing centres. It’s as easy as that.
How are oral care products recycled?
While it might be tempting just to throw your old dental products into the recycling bin at home, things like toothbrushes have traditionally been “unrecyclable” because they’re made up of three different materials: nylon bristles, metal staples, and the plastic handle. Similarly, toothpaste residue made recycling old toothpaste tubes a messy affair. With Terracycle’s recycling process, these materials are able to be separated and cleaned with minimal fuss. They’re then remoulded into new recycled products.
What we take
As part of the Terracycle program, we accept used dental care products like toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, flossing containers, and any product packaging. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any electronic toothbrushes or electronic toothbrush parts.
If you want to take part in this fantastic initiative or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
To find out more about Terracycle and their collect and recycle programs, visit their website at https://www.terracycle.com.