Currently, cosmetics packaging can’t be recycled through our kerbside recycling and has to go into the general waste bin and into landfill.
The good news is that both Mecca and David Jones are giving customers the chance to recycle their empty beauty packaging – at no cost. They will take all brands from all stores.
Mecca stores will have either designated metal recycling bins or customers can hand their empties to staff.
At David Jones, their ‘BeautyCycle initiative will see drop-off points positioned in different parts of the store, where customers can drop their empty beauty packaging.
The recycled containers are sent away to be sorted into the different kinds of plastic, which are then shredded, melted down and turned into plastic pellets that can be used to make new products in the future.
Any brand of cosmetic, hair care or skin care packaging such as:
- Shampoo bottles & caps
- Conditioner bottles & caps
- Hair gel tubes & caps
- Hair spray bottles & triggers
- Hair paste, plastic jars & caps
- Lip balm tubes
- Face soap dispensers & tubes
- Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers & jars
- Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
- Lip gloss tubes
- Mascara tubes
- Eye liner pencils & cases
- Eye shadow tubes
- Concealer tubes & sticks
Note – the above must be empty or almost empty. Containers with product inside will not be accepted.
- Aerosol cans
- Perfume bottles
- Nail polish bottles & nail polish remover bottles
- Electronic items such as blow dryers and straighteners
- Any contents of packaging such as nail-polish, lotion, soap or ointments