Toothpaste Tube Recycling Information

Contrary to what Colgate and Tom’s of Maine represent in marketing materials promoting their “recyclable” toothpaste tubes, and despite being made of recyclable HDPE plastic, toothpaste tubes are not presently recycled, a fact that is acknowledged by Colgate, as well as experts in the field and waste management companies.

Company Statements
Expert Statements
Waste Management Company Statements

Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., and Waste Connections are the three largest waste management companies in the United States, which collectively own and/or operate more than 60 percent of the materials recovery facilities, or MRFs (i.e., plants that receive, separate and prepare recyclable materials to end-user manufacturers) in the U.S.

Waste Management

Republic Services

Waste Connections

Sampling of Statements Made by Local Recycling Facilities Across the U.S.