Take Apart for Proper Sorting
Before disposing, scrape out leftover deodorant so the container is empty. Also, the pieces of a deodorant stick are often made of different plastics and must be taken apart for disposal. See which number each piece is labeled. Then dispose of each piece according to its type of plastic. Unlabeled plastic goes in the garbage. Learn more about plastics #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7.
Paper Deodorant Sticks Are Recyclable
Deodorant sticks made from paper should be recycled once empty.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
TerraCycle and Tom's of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program
This program recycles deodorant containers and caps, as well as toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, toothbrushes, mouthwash bottles and caps, and soap packaging. Bring empty, dry materials to a drop-off location or mail in to TerraCycle. Learn more.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Refillable Deodorant
Cut back on waste by keeping your plastic container and simply swapping out the deodorant.
Choose Paper Over Plastic
Opt for a deodorant that comes in a paper tube instead of a plastic tube. Paper will eventually biodegrade, but plastic never goes away.