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Omaha Recycling Guide

Plastic Makeup Tubes & Containers

Some Restrictions Apply

MH Makeup Tubes

ACCEPTED: Plastic Containers & Tubes Marked #1, #2, #3, or #5

Place EMPTY and CLEAN plastic containers or tubes marked #1, #2, #3, or #5 in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

MH Makeup Tubes

NOT ACCEPTED: Containers with Contents Inside; Plastics #4, #6, #7, or Unmarked Plastics; Non-Plastic Items

DO NOT place containers or tubes made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics in a City of Omaha curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Place these items in the garbage if you cannot use an alternative option.

Important Note: Mascara Tubes are not easily recycled through traditional methods and should be placed in the garbage.

Plastic Makeup Tubes Containers CROSSOUT

Where Else Could It Go?

Confirm what type of item you have: EMPTY and CLEAN plastic makeup containers and tubes made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics can be placed in an orange Hefty® ReNew® bag.

  • Rinse or wipe the container to remove all contents
  • DO NOT include items with metal parts, such as compacts, metallic decor, springs, or mirrors

FirstStar Recycling offers this special program to collect hard-to-recycle plastics in our community. To participate, you can purchase orange Hefty® ReNew® bags, which will be collected through your existing curbside and drop-off site services. When filled with accepted materials and tied shut, the bright orange Hefty® ReNew® bag is the ONLY bag that can be placed in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.Learn more about the local Hefty® ReNew® program:

Hefty® ReNew®

Contact the manufacturer of your specific beauty brand to ask if they offer a take-back or mail-in program for recycling old containers. Fees and shipping costs may apply.

The national company, TerraCycle, offers a paid program to mail-in and recycle containers from all brands of beauty products.


Did You Know

Not all containers are the same! Beauty products comes in containers of all shapes and sizes, and can be made from a variety of mixed materials like metal, plastic, and glass.

If you're not sure whether your item can be recycled, use the motto: "When in doubt, leave it out!" It is better to place an item in the garbage than potentially contaminate other recyclables.