Recycle your Laundry Detergent Bottle

Recycle your Laundry Detergent

Recycling newspapers, aluminum cans and glass has become part of the everyday routine and lifestyles for many homes and businesses. Most detergent and fabric softener bottles even have a layer of recycled plastic in them. Yet, there is still a lot more that we can do.

According to, the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Not only that, but the EPA estimates that 75 percent of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30 percent of it.

Recycling take a bit more thought than just throwing all of your trash into the recycling bin though. So here’s what you should remember to do when it comes time to recycle your laundry detergent bottles. Here are a few tips and ideas we found on the Cleaning Institute Website.

1.Use up the entire product. This may seem like common sense, but you need to make sure that the container is empty. If the product is designed for use with water, then it can be disposed of by pouring it down the drain if you don’t want to use it.

2.Rinse it out to make sure it’s clean.

3.Check the code on the bottom of the bottle to identify the type of plastic it is and then determine if it is accepted by your recycling community.

4.Check to see if your community accepts accept caps and pump spray tops. Very few do though, so you’ll most likely need to dispose of that separately, or find a way to reuse it.

5.Most communities’ rules allow you to leave the labels on empty bottles, but you may want to check for any removal requirements.

6.Crush or flatten out your bottles if possible to save space in your recycling bin and on the trucks that pick them up.

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