Electric Toothbrushes Are E-Waste
Because of their batteries, electric toothbrushes must be disposed of as e-waste.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Program
Colgate® Wisp® Recycling Program
TerraCycle Tom's of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program
This program recycles toothbrushes as well as toothpaste tubes and caps, floss containers, mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, and soap packaging. Bring empty, dry materials to a drop-off location or mail in to TerraCycle. Learn more.
Preserve Toothbrush Takeback
Ways to Reduce
Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes have completely biodegradable handles, BPA-free bristles, come in compostable packaging, and are designed to last just as long as a conventional plastic toothbrush.
Ways to Reuse
An old toothbrush makes a great tool for cleaning a baseboard and getting out the lint and other dirt the vacuum just can’t reach.
Getting the Mud Out
Old toothbrushes are great for getting the mud out of dirty shoes, bikes and whatever else you take outside.
Cleaning Delicate Jewelry
An old toothbrush can be extremely useful for cleaning delicate pieces of jewelry.
Clean the Toothbrush Before Reusing It
To clean an old toothbrush, soak it for a few hours in a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Then give it one final rinse and let it air dry.