Recycling Toothbrushes and More in New Collection Program

TerraCycle_Logo_OfficialDid you know it’s recommended to get a new toothbrush every three months? Well, now that you do, be sure to recycle your old toothbrushes when you get a new one!

The Oberlin College Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) is happy to announce a new recycling program for Oberlin. This program, called TerraCycle Oral Care Brigade, will collect used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, and their packaging. These materials will then we collected and sent to TerraCycle to be repurposed.

Terracycle is a recycling and up-cycling company that collects hard to recycle materials and repurposes their components into new products. Other TerraCycle recycling brigades collect materials such as Solo cups, energy bar wrappers, writing utensils, and even old electronics. This first program on campus will only collect oral care materials, but further expansions are possible.

How can you be involved? Collection bins will be in all first-year residence halls (FYRE – Dascomb, Barrows, and Kahn) bathrooms. There will be an addition bin in the main front lobby of Mudd library. Off-campus there will be a collection bin at City Hall (85 S Main St, Oberlin) and at Oberlin Family Dentistry (542 W Lorain St, Oberlin). All are welcome to drop off oral care materials at these locations during building hours. If you have any questions about the program, don’t hesitate to reach out to

Toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers, and packaging of any brand oral care are accepted in this program


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