Recycling the Bathroom Properly

By: Shelby Baker

Did you know that recyclable items in your home are not just limited to the kitchen? Believe it or not, you can recycle things from just about any room in your house, including the bathroom! Recycling centers all over, including the City of Akron Recycling Collection Division can help you recycle most of the items found in your bathroom.

Since the most used recyclable items in our bathrooms are bottles, let’s start there!

The first step to figuring out if you can recycle your bottles is to understand what kind of plastic you have in your hands! A quick way to tell is by looking at a container’s Resin Code. Each container has a small recycling symbol with a number inside stamped on it. This is the container/bottle’s Resin Code. Numbers range from one to seven and inform us what type of plastic the container is made from. Check out this chart to find out which type of plastic your containers are made of!


Pill bottle

Plastic bottles like the one pictured here, each have a number indicating which plastic they are made from.

The Akron Recycling Center will take plastic containers with numbers one through seven on them. However, if you are unsure what your container is made of, or it does not contain a number do NOT throw it in with your recycling! The recycling center suggests we toss those bottles in the trash instead of recycling them, as they can contaminate the rest of the recycling during the break-down process.









Pumps and lids, like these, can come from many different containers. Make sure to separate them before recycling!

Pumps and lids, like these, can come from many different containers. Make sure to separate them before recycling!

Okay so now that you’ve figured out if you can recycle your bottle or not, let’s talk lids and pumps. Most of our bathroom containers have pumps. Pumps can be found in shampoo bottles, soap containers, face wash bottles, etc. Unfortunately, because of the spring in each pump, the recycling division cannot recycle them. Just separate pumps and lids from the containers before throwing them in your recycle bin.

The good news about pumps and lids is that they are still recyclable! Other recycling places such as TerraCycle will happily take and recycle pumps from your bathroom containers. Click on the TerraCycle name now to check out their website and see what other awesome things you can recycle through them!







Collect your toilet paper rolls and take them to River Valley Paper Company!

We have recycled our bottles appropriately, separated the pumps and lids correctly and sent each to the proper facility. Now the only thing left are those pesky toilet paper rolls. Toilet paper rolls can be a tricky thing to recycle! As a result of being too small, The City of Akron Recycling Division cannot except them. You can however, still recycle these by sending them to River Valley Paper Company! River Valley will take your toilet paper rolls, along with your paper any day! Click on the River Valley link now to find out hours you can drop your rolls off!






Now that you’ve learned how and where to recycle them, you can properly recycle items from your bathroom items! Always remember to check your containers Resin Code  and separate out your lids and pumps! Also make sure to separate your recycling, so they may go to the proper center, to avoid contamination! Happy recycling!

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