Most of us know about recycling – how to do it and that it’s good for the planet.  Yet, while nearly 70% of Americans say they consistently recycle, only about 20% report consistently recycling in the bathroom.  At this rate, 552 million shampoo bottles alone could end up in landfills each year.  That’s why the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies created the CARE TO RECYCLE® program with tips and tools on how to recycle items used in the bathroom.  Below are some tips to help you remember to include the smallest room in the house in your everyday recycling routine.  And visit for more fun facts and tips.

1. Try to spot #1 and #2

Look for the “chasing arrow” mark with the number inside it; most bathroom bottles are made of either #1 (PET) or #2 (HDPE) plastic. These two categories make up almost 96% of all the plastic bottles recycled in the US.*

2. Play the “matching game”

Include your family in identifying products in the bathroom that “match” items in the kitchen you normally recycle: Toilet paper rolls are like paper towel rolls; Mouthwash bottles are similar to water bottles, etc.  If the numbers in the “chasing arrows” are #1 or #2 for each pair, or if both are cartons, they can all go in the recycling bin. 

3. Think inside the box

Make a treasure hunt of finding boxes in the bathroom. Look for tissue, bandage, toothpaste, and soap boxes to name a few. You may be surprised at how many you find.

4. Look for signs

Make a fun family project out of creating notes, signs or posters for the bathroom to serve as recycling reminders. You could develop your own family “green living” logo or create artwork showing the trees, lakes and wildlife you want to help protect by recycling. Post a chart listing your bathroom recyclables, track your progress and see how quickly your efforts add up. 

5. Begin a bin (again) 

In your kitchen or home office, you probably have separate bins for trash and recycling. Set up the same system in the bathroom to encourage recycling there, too.   

6. Put someone in charge  

You may already have assigned chores in your household like walking the dog, getting the mail or taking out the trash and recycling. Add bathroom recycling to the list. It’s an especially good job for kids, who often learn about recycling in school and are eager to share what they know. If you already have a reward system in place, be sure that bathroom recycling gets a “gold star,” too. 

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Recycling in the bathroom: 6 ways to remember
Use these tips to help you remember to include the smallest room in the house in your everyday recycling routine.