The WasteNot List

Health, Hair & Beauty

Items include: contact lenses, glasses (spectacles), hair, hearing aids, make-up, medicines, toiletries, face masks & PPE, slings, inhalers, hair dryer/straighteners/styling, perfume bottles, beauty products packaging

Sell or Donate

  • Did you know you can donate hair to charity to create wigs for those who have lost their hair to cancer treatment and other conditions? There are set guidelines for length of hair and how to cut it so have a look at our directory first.
  • Toiletries, including toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sanitary products, deodorant, etc can be donated to charity to help those in need.
  • Glasses (spectacles) and hearing aids can be donated to charity.
  • You can sell your second hand goods through websites such as ebayFacebookPreloved and Gumtree.
  • You can donate your unwanted items via websites such as FreecycleFreegle and Freeloved.

Buy or Receive

  • If you have lost your hair to cancer treatment or other conditions, you may be eligible to receive a free real hair wig. Search our directory for options.
  • You can buy second hand goods through websites such as ebayFacebookPreloved and Gumtree.
  • You can receive free items via websites such as FreecycleFreegle and Freeloved.


Find your local recycling centre

Contact Lenses

  1. Contact lens solution bottles and cardboard packaging are widely accepted in household recycling
  2. Soft contact lenses, blister packs and foils waste can be collected through the following

Dental Products

The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme recycles any brand of

  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Electric and battery toothbrush heads
  • Floss containers
  • Plastic toothbrushes

The Philips Dental Care Recycling Programme recycles any brand of

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


Recycle your empty medicine blister packets through The Terracycle Empty Medicine Blister Pack Zero Waste Box.

Personal Care & Beauty Products

The Baylis & Harding Recycling Programme recycles

  • Baylis & Harding pumps
  • Baylis & Harding caps
  • Baylis & Harding flexible tubes

The Burt’s Bees® Personal Care Recycling Programme recycles any brand of

  • Flexible plastic and metallic plastic tubes used for body creams, ointments or moisturisers
  • Eye shadow compacts
  • Lip & cheek, highlighter and bronzer sticks
  • Mascara tubes and wands
  • Lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms
  • Flexible plastic packaging used for facial cleansing wipes

Get Creative ~ Repurpose

Contact lens cases are great little storage pots for items such as jewellery, seasonings for picnics (such as salt & pepper) and small crafting items such as beads or paint pots.

They are ideal for a weekend away when you only want to take hand luggage.
You can put toothpaste, moisturiser, foundation, etc in them (just don’t get them muddled up!)

A few ways to reuse your old perfume bottle (Duration: 5:18)


Some things simply cannot be reused, recycled or repurposed but we still need to dispose of them correctly.

Out of date and unused medicines should be taken to a local pharmacy. They shouldn’t be thrown in the bin or down the sink or toilet.

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