United Kingdom

The Philips Dental Care Recycling Programme​

 
Recycle your dental care products through this programme

    We know sustainability and recycling is important, and we are making good progress in our
    efforts to make the world healthier and more sustainable. We’ve partnered with
    TerraCycle® to create a recycling programme for dental care products.

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    What is the Philips Dental Care Recycling
    Programme all about?

    Every day dental care products end up in landfill across the UK. We’re working
    with recycling experts TerraCycle® to put an end to this.

     

    That's where the Philips Dental Care Recycling Programme comes in. It’s now
    easier than ever to recycle your dental care products with us, for free.
    What’s more, the waste you recycle with us helps to raise money
    for charitable organisations and schools.

    What can I recycle?

    All brands accepted

    Electiric toothbrush heads
    Electric toothbrush heads and covers
    Electiric flosser nozzies
    Electric flosser nozzles
    Flossing sticks
    Flossing sticks and interdental brushes
    Dental floss containers
    Dental floss containers

    Waste that is NOT accepted:

    • Battery operated toothbrushes
    • ​Electric toothbrush handles
    • ​Manual toothbrushes​
    • Toothpaste tubes and caps​
    • Outer cardboard and plastic packaging for toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers
    • ​Dental floss
    • ​Batteries

    How does it work?

     
    There are three ways you can get involved.
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    Step 1: Gather your waste

    Try to collect as much waste as possible before 
    sending back.

    Step 2: Send your waste back

    Choose how to send your waste back with 3 easy 
    options.

    By dropping off at a
    TerraCycle® public
    drop-off location

     

    Find your nearest public

    drop-off location on the
    interactive map here. Your
    local dental practice may
    even have one!

    By setting up a new
    TerraCycle® public
    drop-off location

     

    Set up and host a new public
    drop-off location here.

    By post

     

    Download a shipping label
    and send with UPS. Details
    below.

    If you’re recycling by post with UPS, download your shipping label through the
    form below. Print and attach the label to your parcel, then drop off
    at a UPS point or have UPS collect from your home.

     

    So we’re helping the planet in the best way, please try to send back
    multiple dental care items for recycling at once.

    Recycling with TerraCycle®

    TerraCycle®'s role is to recycle the material into a usable format so that manufacturers
    in the plastic industry can use it as a raw material.

     

    Collecting and sending your used dental care products is not only safe and easy,
    but also carbon neutral. All carbon emissions generated in the sending
    process are offset by carbon reduction programmes, meaning there
    are no net carbon emissions into the environment.

     

    Learn more here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is TerraCycle®?

    Founded in 2001, TerraCycle® (www.TerraCycle.com) is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle® works with over one hundred major brands in twenty-one countries across the globe to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle®’s National recycling programmes, which are free fundraisers that pay schools, charities and non-profits for every piece of waste they collect and return.

     

    TerraCycle® launched in the UK (www.TerraCycle.co.uk) in September 2009 (its first market in Europe) and today operates in 12 European markets (UK, ROI, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and Denmark). In the UK, TerraCycle® currently runs collection programmes for over 50 types of waste which can’t be accepted by local council run recycling systems.

     

    Currently more than 6,800,000 individuals and organisations across the UK have signed up to collect, which to date has diverted over 194 million items of packaging waste from landfill while earning over £1,720,987 for schools, charities and non-profit organisations.  

    What can I recycle? 
    The Philips Dental Care Recycling Programme WILL accept all brands of electric toothbrush heads and covers, electric flossing nozzles, flossing sticks, interdental brushes and dental floss containers.
    What can’t I recycle?
    This recycling programme will NOT accept battery operated toothbrushes, electric toothbrush handles, manual toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps, outer cardboard and plastic packaging for toothbrushes, dental floss, batteries.
    How is the waste recycled?

    TerraCycle®’s role in the process is to convert the collected material – dental care waste in this instance – into a suitable raw material state so that it can be used in new applications. After we receive these materials, they are baled and stored until we reach minimum processing thresholds. When the time comes where it makes economic, environmental and business sense for us to process this material, we work with third party subcontractors to perform various stages of work on the material. 

     

    In this particular case, the dental care waste shipments are received at TerraCycle®’s material recovery facility. The parcels are weighed, scanned and the contents (electric toothbrush heads and covers, flossing sticks, interdental brushes, and dental floss containers) are controlled and aggregated in bulk bags or bales.   

     

    The aggregated material is then sent to one of TerraCycle®’s processing partners. Plastic is shredded, washed and sorted. The material is then dried, compounded and pelletized into hard-granulated plastic granules.

    What happens with the recycled waste?
    TerraCycle®'s role is to recycle the material into a usable format so that manufacturers in the plastic industry can use this raw material as a part of their production. Philips’ ambition is to prevent 2 tonnes of waste from entering landfill or incineration through this programme.
    How do I participate in The Philips Dental Care Recycling Programme?
    Anyone can sign up to the programme through the dedicated page on the TerraCycle® website. Either drop your waste at a TerraCycle® public drop-off location, set up a new drop-off location via the TerraCycle® website, or recycle via UPS by requesting a free shipping label.
    How should I recycle my dental care product?

    When you are finished with your dental care product, rinse it under hot water to get any excess product off it. Then drop it off at your nearest public drop-off location, set up your own, or send via UPS. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after handling your waste.

     

    Collecting and sending your used dental care products is not only safe and easy, but also carbon neutral. All carbon emissions generated in the sending process are offset by carbon reduction programmes, meaning there are no net carbon emissions into the environment.

    How can I recycle my electronic toothbrush handle?

    There are two ways to recycle an electric toothbrush in the UK.

    Kerbside collection

    Your local authority may collect small electrical items including your electric toothbrush. Visit your local council page to see if they collect small electrical items. This is usually found under ‘what can I Recycle.’ If they do, follow the guidance provided to get your electric toothbrush collected and recycled.

     

    Recycling centre

    Another way to recycle your electric toothbrush is to take it along to your local recycling centre. To find your nearest one, visit https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling.

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